The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) has announced two Open Days on Friday and Saturday, 21 and 22 June. Between 10am and 3pm, visitors will be able to have a guided tour and be told about the work done by the Observatory, as well as to ask whatever questions they like, whether about the solar system, nearest stars, galaxies, nebulae, or the age or origins of the universe.
The Open Days will be held in the Observatory itself, at Izaña. Groups will be taken at intervals to see the telescopes. Parking is available in the precinct’s own carpark. IAC recommends that since it is a high mountain area, visitors bring comfortable shoes, eye shades or sunglasses, as well as a coat. Those with any cardio-vascular or respiratory problems are advised that the altitude might present them with a problem and they are advised to check first with their doctor. I went to one of these a few years ago, and I’d highly recommend it.