Another diary date – Sunset and partial Lunar Eclipse special!!

A unique stargazing opportunity to see the famous Tenerife sunset above the sea of clouds followed by the rise of a full Moon while the shadow of the Earth passes over it in a partial eclipse. 16th July, don’t miss it!

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Unique new tour – Sunset and “super” Moonrise special

A unique opportunity to see the famous Tenerife sunset above the sea of clouds followed by the rise of a “super” full Moon. 21st March, don’t miss it!

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Full moon

Meteors!

The next couple of days sees the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower. January 3, 4 – Quadrantids Meteor Shower. The Quadrantids is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. It is thought to be produced by dust grains left behind by an extinct comet known as 2003 EH1, which was discovered in 2003. The shower runs annually from January 1-5. It peaks this year on the night of the 3rd and morning of the 4th. The moon will be a thin crescent and should not interfere with what could be a good show this year. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, but can appear anywhere in the sky. Credit www.seasky.org

Dark Skies Tenerife update

We’ve just heard that Dark Skies Tenerife has been accepted onto the Canarian Government’s General Tourism Register and is now an approved and registered tour company. A great start for 2019!🚀

We are now taking bookings for 2019!

After such a successful year we are now taking a break until March 2019. Thank you to everyone who came on one of trips for making it so enjoyable.

We are now taking bookings for 2019 so why not treat someone this Christmas?

Galaxy central

Smartphone Saturn

Sometimes a smartphone is all you need!

 

Patterns in the sky

The apparent motion of the stars captured in this image taken over three hours near the observatory at Izaña.

Fabulous sunsets

Tenerife´s sunsets above the sea of clouds rarely disappoint but recently we were treated to something spectacular.

Serious stuff!

Checking where the core of the Milky Way will be with guest Pierre before setting up for an evening of astrophotography.  A really enjoyable night with good company. Such a great picture by Pierre’s girlfriend of us both deep in concentration.

Perseids 2018

I don’t think I’ve seen so many cars on the mountain as there were for last night’s peak of the Perseids and there were probably as many again that couldn’t find anywhere to park and were driving down off the mountain as we were driving up. Even our favourite and secluded off-road spot, which we normally have to ourselves had several visitors but we were able to find our own space, the advantage of off-road capability and knowledge of the tracks the beekeepers and hunters use paying off. The weather has not been kind with a storm hanging over the island with rain and lightning threatened and indeed we did get a short shower at one point but this soon cleared. Luckily though the part of the sky with the least clouds tended to be around Cassiopea which was ideal for seeing Perseids and we saw quite a few although nothing like the shower a fully clear sky might have given us. Half a dozen or so were of the “wow” variety; relatively long and bright but the majority were short and extremely fast. The green colour of these meteors was very prominent although there was also a handful of white ones and some that weren’t Perseids at all. It was certainly worth sticking with it, bad weather and all. Photo opportunities were difficult with the constantly changing clouds but we did manage a few successful captures.

The Perseid and The Pleiades

Perseid on the Milky Way

Perseid shoots past Andromeda

Las Canadas

A very nice night last night with a guest who wanted to capture long exposures of the Milky Way so Las Canadas was where we went. An incredible 360 degree vista of an ancient volcanic crater with a quite stunning Milky Way overhead never disappoints. Being a Saturday night and close to the peak of the Perseids the mountain was extremely busy but with a lovely party atmosphere about it. There was excellent visibility and the sky was steady, the ISS put in an appearance and we were treated to a handful of very impressive shooting stars.

The Lunar eclipse

Eclipse totality plus Mars to the lower right, taken shortly after the Moon had risen.

 

Smartphone Moon

Modern smartphones have very good cameras in them that are capable of taking some decent pictures through a telescope eyepiece. We captured this shot of the Moon last night through our 200mm reflector with a Samsung Galaxy S7.

Moon July 2018 smartphone

Saturn and Mars

A few nights ago we were in one of our favourite places on the mountain for imaging planets. There was a slight calima so the air was dusty but we still enjoyed our time. There is a global dust storm covering Mars at the moment so not much detail is apparent, hopefully this will change soon as Mars is at its closest since 2003 and is very bright in the sky making it ideal for imaging and observing.

 

Mars July 2018

Saturn July 2018

Planets galore!!!

For the next 7 days see all 7 other planets in our solar system through our large telescope in a single night!

Clear skies

After the recent Calima the night sky has returned in all of its glory and we’ve had two very good nights on the mountain imaging the Mily Way with guests. The sky quality, particularly last night was exceptional. Up there again tonight for more of the same. Clear skies!

We’re published!

Thank you Astronomy Now magazine for featuring our recent Moon shot! Chuffed!

Full moon

 

We are supporting World Asteroid Day

The possibility of a devastating asteroid strike is now recognised to be a real danger to us all. In 2013 a near earth asteroid exploded over Chelyabinsk in Russia, damaging buildings and injuring thousands of people. The asteroid was only 20 metres in diameter but exploded with a force 26 to 33 times as much as that released from the atomic bomb detonated at Hiroshima. Most of this energy was absorbed by the atmosphere and had the asteroid reached the ground before it exploded, the damage and injuries would have been significantly greater. This asteroid arrived without warning.

Scientists, astronauts and celebrities are coming together to raise the profile of the danger of a future asteroid strike and to call on world governments to take action now to prepare a defence. The first part of this defence pan is to identify and measure the positions and orbits of all near Earth objects so that future threats can be identified.

Dark Skies Tenerife supports this and we will be answering the call by contributing our time and equipment freely to the search for these near earth objects. This is an area where amateur astronomers can make an important contribution to protecting our planet and Tenerife’s clear skies makes it an ideal place to do this work. If you’re interested in getting involved, sign up to asteroid day or get in touch.

 

 

 

Space rocks!

Available to see and hold on all of our trips, check out our meteorites, relics from the formation of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago! We’ll explain how they formed and what they tell us about the creation of our solar system. Go on, touch an alien!

A special summer solstice on Tenerife

Next week on June 21st is the summer solstice and this is especially special on Tenerife at the pyramids of guimar. It’s a very popular event so book early if you want to experience this. More details here:

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