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Jupiter Opposition 8th May 2018

Majestic Jupiter, king of the planets reaches opposition on the night of the 8th May this year and will be at its closest to Earth on May 10th. We’ll be running Jupiter watch sessions with our big telescopes throughout May which also sees a number of moon transits like the one pictured when you can watch one of the Galilean moons and its shadow cross the face of Jupiter.  Saturn and Mars are also up making this a great month for planetary observations and imaging!

Top 8 events to watch for this year

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/top-skywatching-events-2018-eclipses-meteors-planets-astronomy/

2018 will be a good year

2018 sees a number of excellent imaging opportunities for the planets, particularly Mars which is at a very close opposition this year. Deep sky targets are always on hand with the clear skies here making imaging them so much easier and it will be a very good year for the main meteor showers. Why not treat yourself to a serious Astro imaging break here and get yourself a year’s worth of data to process back in the cloudy UK?

Astronomy Now January edition features our picture of Jupiter as seen from Tenerife

Mars baby!

Mars will be at its closest this summer since way back in 2003 and will be brighter in the sky than the mighty Jupiter. Make the most of this great opportunity to see and image this enigmatic planet on our exclusive tour.

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Mars – the red planet

New excursions for serious photographers coming soon – watch this space!

Teide casts a shadow
Teide casts a shadow at sunrise

Golf With The Stars In Tenerife — Travel and Tour World

Tenerife is not just the perfect place to play golf all-year round – it’s also one of the best destinations in which to go stargazing all-year round. Source: Travelandtourworld.

via Golf With The Stars In Tenerife — Travel and Tour World

Glorious Jupiter

Astronomy Now magazine has published one of our Jupiter images taken at Easter this year in their September issue! The clear skies here are ideal for taking pictures like this.

We’re past the summer solstice so the nights will now get longer and the skies darker. We are also moving into the months with historically the least cloud cover so if you are thinking about coming stargazing here, there isn’t a better time!

Tenerife’s beautiful Milky Way makes it into Astronomy Now

How Astronomy Now magazine shared one of our Milky Way pics (May 2017 edition) – nice one!

Jupiter season

 

Jupiter is a magnificent object in our skies at the moment. Here is how we captured it during April where we see both sides of Jupiter with its moon Io in attendance. In one image we can see the Great Red Spot, a massive hurricane that has been raging for at least 300 years and is 3 times the size of the planet Earth, and nearby the shadow of Io as it passes between the Sun and Jupiter – a mini-eclipse!

Jupiter is a very turbulent gas giant and its clouds are in constant motion, changing shape and colour making it fascinating to study. These clouds are being driven by near supersonic winds with each band or zone of clouds moving in opposite directions. The chemical composition of the atmosphere, high wind speeds and enormous pressures on Jupiter would make this a very inhospitable place to visit though.

 

 

Weekly stargazing forecast – Happy Easter!

Weather forecast above 1000m 5th April

Looking good again for the coming week.

Good forecast for stargazing above 1000m for the week ahead

Another perfect week in paradise!

Looks like a great week of clear nights ahead!!!

Milky Way season

The Milky Way is brightening in our night sky as we move into Milky Way season – check out this wonderful image taken last year by our resident astrophotographer. If you’d like to see the Milky Way or learn to take pics like this, get in touch!

The Double Cluster

A popular target at this time of year, the Double Cluster lies between Cassiopeia and Perseus. They are clearly visible with the naked eye from our location but their beauty is best exposed through binoculars or a telescope. They lie around 7500 light years away and form the jewelled handle of Perseus’s sword.

dcluster

This week’s stargazing targets – enjoy!

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, October 28 – November 5

It’s so good here, we even have astronauts!

Astronauts to train in Canary Islands

A star is born!

A brand new star has appeared in the constellation of Sagittarius and is bright enough to be seen with binoculars. New stars or Novas shine very brightly soon after they are created. Here’s a great chance to see one!

8th-magnitude Nova in Sagittarius