Teide Observatory

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Teide Observatory
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Organization Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Location Tenerife
Altitude 2,390 m. (7,841 ft.)
Established 1964

The Observatorio del Teide (Teide Observatory) is an astronomical observatory on Tenerife operated by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias. Opened in 1964, it became one of the first major international observatories, attracting telescopes from different countries around the world because of the good astronomical seeing conditions. Later the emphasis for optical telescopes shifted more towards Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma. It is considered one of the world's major observatories.


Solar telescopes[edit]


Nocturnal telescopes[edit]

Radio telescopes for cosmic microwave background astronomy[edit]

Other buildings on the site[edit]

The observatory has a visitors' centre and a residencia (hostel) for astronomers. Brian May helped construct a building there to study interplanetary dust.

See also[edit]

ESO and Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias sign agreement on adaptive optics collaboration.[3]

External links[edit]


  • Rayrole, J. (1985). The European observatory at the Canary Islands 233. pp. 32–50. doi:10.1007/BFb0022394. 
  1. ^ THÉMIS Website
  2. ^ GREGOR Website at KIS, Freiburg
  3. ^ "ESO and Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias Sign Agreement on Adaptive Optics Collaboration". ESO Announcement. Retrieved 10 May 2014.