The volcanic eruption on La Palma has caused numerous economic damages. There has been no personal injury but the economy, the lives of many of neighbors, their homes and their jobs have been damaged beyond recovery. That is why, after the initial scare, and a minimal incidence outside the perimeter of the volcano, we have continued our astronomical activities such as the astronomy tours for stargazing and photography tours. Moreover, as long as the circumstances and the safety of the people allow us, we will continue working and we will not suspend our activities despite the volcanic eruption on La Palma. We want to contribute with what we do best, and that is: work. So we will continue to do it with more passion than ever and while this crisis lasts, all the employees of this company and AstroLaPalma SL, we will donate our full benefits to the neighbors who have been directly affected. We will also contribute with our volunteer work and encouraging anyone who can donate to do so. Out of empathy, out of solidarity and because we can only get out of this misfortune together. If we suspend activities and sit idly by, we will not push financially. As long as it's safe for people and the sky is in the right conditions, we'll keep working. We will greatly appreciate donations to the Island Council for the victims: https://lapalma.es/es/el-cabildo-habilita-vias-para-centralizar-las-donaciones-economicas-de-particulares-y-empresas-para AstroLaPalma team. Astroturism and services for amateur photographers and astronomers.
The volcanic eruption on La Palma has caused numerous economic damages. There has been no personal injury but the economy, the lives of many of neighbors, their homes and their jobs have been damaged beyond
Nightscape photography: preparation. In recent years it seems to be fashionable to be able and to know how to photograph the Milky Way. No wonder it is in fashion and certainly a good trend.... After all, dark, starry skies are exceptionally beautiful and due to light pollution they have become scarce. On the island of La Palma, it is still possible to find dark skies easily and, in fact, it is considered one of the best places in the world to stargaze. It has also become a mecca for astrotourism, observe stars and night photography as the whole island has exceptional landscapes for this practice. If you are planning a trip to La Palma or anywhere else with dark skies and want to do nightscape photography, you need to be prepared. Here are the basics you need to know. Recommended equipment for nightscape photography: preparation. There is no room for improvisation when it comes to equipment for night photography. You must be well prepared, as night sessions usually take place in inaccessible or distant locations to avoid light pollution. This is the equipment I recommend for night photography. Camera. The type of camera will depend on your budget as it is usually an expensive equipment. However, you will need a bright (fast) lens and a camera that allows at least 3200 ISO and long exposure. In general terms make sure the camera has: manual settings, RAW format, bulb mode, if possible full frame, noise reduction option and Live View mode (for manual focus). A wide-angle lens: 24mm, 14mm are ideal. A telephoto lens (if you want to photograph the moon). An Intervalometer. Warm, comfortable clothing and footwear. Spare batteries. A sturdy tripod. Memory cards. Camera backpack with different compartments (ideally waterproof). Headlamp, preferably red or white/red. Mobile phone
Nightscape photography: preparation. In recent years it seems to be fashionable to be able and to know how to photograph the Milky Way. No wonder it is in fashion and certainly a good trend…. After
Astronomy viewpoints and sites to stargaze are easy to find following the map below. La Palma has a network of 16 astronomical viewpoints and a large number of sites of astronomical interest that allow visitors to stargaze as well enjoying sunsets, sunrises and landscape photography... The astronomy viewpoints and sites of interest for stargazing are simple but very useful infrastructures to enjoy watching the stars. We have also added here some sites of astronomical interest that are worth visiting, such as the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory. Please note that the Astrophysical Observatory of La Palma is not open at night. However, you can access one of the visits of the Observatory in the mornings or simply enjoying the views the Observatory from the outside. Reservations for the Observatory visits can be made here (note: there may be restrictions due to covid19). The viewpoints are located in different areas of the island, at different heights above sea level and orientation. In such a way that the user can adapt to the weather that day and the microclimates of the island. Each viewpoint has interpretative panels on subjects related to astronomy, observation of the night sky, observation of the moon, recognition of the main constellations and stars such as the North star (Polaris star), etc. In addition, the astronomical viewpoints have parking facilities. We recommend: red torch (never white). When approaching the viewpoints, please be careful with the lights of your vehicle. Warm clothing, even in summer. Map of the viewpoints and astronomy sites of interest to stargaze in La Palma. Lists of sites (in bold those considered more interesting): Mirador San Bartolo (Puntallana) Mirador del Molino (Barlovento) Mirador Montaña Buracas (Garafía) Mirador de Miraflores (Puntagorda) Mirador La Muralla (Tijarafe) Mirador Amateur Pico de la Cruz (Km31 on road Lp4) Mirador al
Astronomy viewpoints and sites to stargaze are easy to find following the map below. La Palma has a network of 16 astronomical viewpoints and a large number of sites of astronomical interest that allow visitors
In Ecotourism, the island of La Palma has been a pioneer. In the 1990s, with the appearance of rural tourism it began this commitment. A decade later, with the appearance of astro-tourism, it has been consolidated. Ecotourism options are well established in La Palma and the enjoyment of nature is guaranteed. Thus, La Palma is an excellent place to travel, to travel leisurely and to enjoy its spectacular nature. The island also known as "La Isla Bonita", has incredible landscapes, imposing volcanoes, enchanted forests, a thousand kilometres of trails, transparent beaches and a dark sky full of stars. The year 2020 has meant a change in the world view for the vast majority of people since the incidence of covid19 has made us rethink the way we live and travel. Some places have remained almost immune to this, such as the island of La Palma, where the number of covid cases has been the lowest in Europe. In an era after coronavirus, La Palma is a safe and healthy destination. New ways of travelling are here, with longer stays, to places where avoiding crowds are possible and where work (teleworking) and travel can be combined. This is undoubtedly a change brought by covid health measures together with climate change, that will contribute to sustainable tourism. Carbon footprint will decrease with less customers, but with longer stays for each of them. If you want to enjoy a nature destination away from mass tourism, come to La Isla Bonita. Ecotourism in La Palma. Ecotourism guide #lapalma What to do in La Palma? #hiking #volcanoes #stars #reserve #biosphere #malvasia #gofio
In Ecotourism, the island of La Palma has been a pioneer. In the 1990s, with the appearance of rural tourism it began this commitment. A decade later, with the appearance of astro-tourism, it has been
Saturn and Jupiter have dominated the night sky from June 2020, appearing very close together, almost in conjunction near the constellation of Sagittarius. However, it is in December when the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will be exceptional. The two planets seen from Earth will be closer and closer, appearing almost as a single point, in planetary alignment, by December 21/22 (See how to book below). Astronomy Picture of the Day (NASA) 15/12/2020. Sebastian Voltmer. What is so special about the conjunction? Because of its closeness, the exceptional nature of the event and the fact that it takes place almost before Christmas, the event is already being called the "Star of Bethlehem". There are many studies on what could have been the "star" seen more than 2000 years ago. It could have been a supernova, as Kepler postulated a few centuries ago (although there is no observable remnant that can be attributed to it). Or it could be a comet, like Halley's comet that appeared in the sky in 12 BC, several years before the plausible date of Jesus' birth. However, the downside to this second hypothesis is that comets in ancient times were very badly regarded as omens of calamity. In turn, the star of Bethlehem was seen (and it is still seen and expected) with joy, so the hypothesis of a comet is not widely accepted. However, there is a third hypothesis, the hypothesis is that it was a planetary alignment, like the one we will have in a few days. The hypothesis is that there are multiple planets located nearby: a planetary conjunction. In fact, there were several strange encounters between prominent planets in the right period of time. In the year 7 B.C., Jupiter and Saturn met three times. One year later,
Saturn and Jupiter have dominated the night sky from June 2020, appearing very close together, almost in conjunction near the constellation of Sagittarius. However, it is in December when the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn
On 5th December a very special walk was inaugurated on the island of La Palma, the "Paseo de las Estrellas de la Ciencia", or Promenade of Stars of Science in La Palma. Located in the Avenida Marítima of the island's capital, it is the only promenade of its kind in the world. Given that the island has a remarkable history linked to astronomy and astrophysics, such as the existence of the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory or a proven track record in astro-tourism, this walk acknowledges the figure and work of famous scientists, mainly astronomers. It also highlights the undeniable link of the island with the study of the universe and the conservation of its sky as a heritage. No wonder, La Palma is a UNESCO Reserve. The Promenade of Stars of Science is an original idea of Anselmo Pestana, the President of the Island Council back in 2015, when the project started. The Cabildo Insular de la Palma, the Santa Cruz Town Hall and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias are participating in the project. Unfortunately, the Prominade has taken 5 years to be carried out as first, the remodelling of the beach had to be completed. The event held this December 2020 has revealed the Stars that currently make up the "Paseo de la Ciencia". The four scientists awarded have personal and professional links with the island, hence, have been the first ones to be acknowledged. Stephen Hawking The first star is by Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist and cosmologist linked to the Starmuss Festival held on La Palma and who was last on the island in 2016, shortly before his death. Hawking, who was the first to receive his star in 2016, is the author of many of the discoveries in modern astrophysics, such as the new
On 5th December a very special walk was inaugurated on the island of La Palma, the “Paseo de las Estrellas de la Ciencia“, or Promenade of Stars of Science in La Palma. Located in the
This December we are organising an special event to observe the Geminid meteor shower on the island of La Palma. This wonderful Geminidi event has its maximum every year between 13 and 14 December. Meteors or "shooting stars" can have at its peak an average of between 30 and 50 meteors per hour, although it does not have the same frequency every year. This meteor shower of stars is very fast because its meteors move at great speed, so in order not to miss it you will have to be very attentive and know where to look at. With this experience we will take you to one of the Astronomical viewpoints of the island of La Palma, chosen a few hours before the departure according to the weather conditions of the moment. DATE: 13/12/2020. Includes transport by bus to and from various places Qualified Astrophysical Guide Use of amateur telescopes Language: English or Spanish More information and reservations here Regular astronomical tour reservations TOURS Booking of other special tours Astro-Events The activity of Geminidas is organised in collaboration with LaPalmatransfer.com.
This December we are organising an special event to observe the Geminid meteor shower on the island of La Palma. This wonderful Geminidi event has its maximum every year between 13 and 14 December. Meteors
The island of La Palma, "the beautiful island" of the Canary Islands is one of the best places in the world for stargazing. It is not necessary to be an expert if you wish to learn about constellations and to enjoy a starry night. In La Palma it can be very easy and entertaining and you could do it, for example, in one of our astronomy tours. Did you know about them? But why is the sky of La Palma so beautiful and transparent? There are many factors that allow this: humidity, altitude, climate, low air pollution... La Palma is a pioneer protecting dark skies. From 1988 has a law that protects against light pollution (Low of the Sky). It is aimed to minimize light pollution and for this even flora helps! In fact, it was the world's first Starlight Reserve, a UNESCO certification that certifies the ideal conditions for observing the sky for everyone, not just professionals, and it guarantees its protection. In any case ... why look for even more reasons to come to La Palma? The most important thing is that the sky and landscapes are beautiful that are worth seeing any thime! Nothing equals how you can feel almost touching the stars or walking along a volcanic sand beach on this island. In a single day you can be in a volcanic desert in the south and see the only active salt flats of the Canary Islands (Salinas de Fuencaliente), walk through a tropical rainforest in the north (Los Tilos or the Forest of La Galga), walking at the National Park (Taburiente National Park), go swimming or climb above the clouds to see stars .... Only a few places in the world offer so many contrasts and beautiful landscapes in such a small area. La Palma
The island of La Palma, “the beautiful island” of the Canary Islands is one of the best places in the world for stargazing. It is not necessary to be an expert if you wish to
What is light pollution? Light pollution is defined as the introduction of artificial light to an ecosystem (into naturally dark situations), degrading its natural state with the emission of light of different intensities, directions, spectral range and/or unnecessarily varying a light/dark schedule (ie. having lights on a empty office building or streets lights on after certain times). It is obvious that humans need and use artificial light during the night just...well...simply to live. But the use of artificial light should be in equilibrium with the nocturnal life, energy efficiency and health (avoiding the alteration of sleep patterns and the effect of artificial light at night on some cancers). We should try to minimize the impact of light pollution reducing the negative effects by designing better street lighting, scheduling of street lights, etc. Light pollution increases the background brightness of the sky by reflecting and diffusion artificial light into the gases and particles in the air. This results in a reduction of visibility of the stars and other celestial objects. The Sky Law in the Canary Islands (1989) controls gas emissions to the atmosphere on the island, as well as light pollution and air communications routes. The aim of the law is to have transparent and dark sky, with good (if not outstanding) quality for both amateur and professional astronomy. As a result, La Palma is a Dark Reserve (a Starlight Reserve) and thanks to this it has developed a Sustainable Tourism Industry based on the sky. There are many options for astrotourism in La Palma, we recommend you to enjoy the sky in one of our astronomy tours.
What is light pollution? Light pollution is defined as the introduction of artificial light to an ecosystem (into naturally dark situations), degrading its natural state with the emission of light of different intensities, directions, spectral
Who has stolen the stars? Light pollution has stolen most of the stars from our sky. We cannot see them now properly except in some places. In La Palma for example we can still see a very dark sky and the Milky Way easily. This is a shame, but hopefully we can travel to be able to see it with our own eyes. What is the Milky Way? The Milky Way is the galaxy in which Earth and the Solar System lies. It contains more than 200 000 million of stars and its diameter is estimated to be about 100 000 light-years (about 420 000 000 000 000 000 Km). From a dark location on Earth, we can only see a tiny part of our galaxy, only our neighbouring stars really. And only if you are on those dark locations you may be lucky enough to see the disk of the galaxy. About 50 years ago, everybody was able to identify the Milky Way in the sky even if they did not know what it really was. Nowadays, due to light pollution, it is estimated than less of 70 % of Earth population in Europe or United States have ever seen the Milky Way. This is because, the light pollution has stolen the light of the stars. La Palma is still one of those few places on this planet from which the stars and dark sky are visible, even from populated towns. This is thanks to light pollution being controlled by law (Law of the sky, 1989). So, do come to La Palma! You now know that besides the beautiful landscapes and protected areas on the island, visitors can also enjoy the light of the stars. You can even try to reach them with the tips of your fingers!
Who has stolen the stars? Light pollution has stolen most of the stars from our sky. We cannot see them now properly except in some places. In La Palma for example we can still see
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