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Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Exhibition: The Canary Island's Mountains

From 20th June to 19th July, 2008
Casa Principal de Salazar, O'Daly 22, Santa Cruz de la Palma
Open Mon-Fri, 10 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm
Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

You know, I think "Mountains" is a mistake in translation, because the exhibition is about forests (and "monte" can mean either forest or mountain side.)

I don't care. It's a fun exhibition. My son enjoyed the hands-on bits, like turning a pump handle to see the water being pumped up. (Did you know an oak tree can pump anything up to 600 litres of water from roots to leaves on a summer day?) I enjoyed the photographs of microscopic pollen. And we were both astonished to find out how long worms live (16 years), and how much they eat.

So I recommend it. If I'd paid 5€ I'd have felt I got my money's worth, but actually, it's free.

Calle O'Daly is the cobbled main street running from near the port to the concrete ship. Casa Principal de Salazar is a rather lovely old building on your left (as you go from the port to the ship) with barley-sugar columns flanking the door.

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Monday, 7 July 2008

Observatory Open Days for 2008

Traditionally, the observatory has been open to visitors about 4 days per year, with perhaps 6 groups for each day. This year, they're going to have 20 open days, but most of them will only have one group. Each visit starts at 9:45 with a visit to the MAGIC gamma-ray telescope, followed by one other telescope, and finishes before 12.00.

DATE Day2nd telescope
8th July Tues WHT or INT
10th July Thursday Galileo
12th July Saturday GranTeCan
15th July Tues Mecator and Liverpool
17th July Thursday Galileo
19th July Saturday GranTeCan
22nd July Tues WHT or INT
24th July Thursday Mecator and Liverpool
26th July Saturday GranTeCan
29th July Tues WHT or INT
31st July Thursday Galileo
7th August Thursday Galileo
12th August Tuesday WHT or INT
14th August Thursday Galileo
15th August Friday GranTeCan
19th August Tuesday WHT or INT
21st August Thursday GranTeCan
22nd August Friday Garafía residents only
26th August Tuesday Mecator and Liverpool
28th August Thursday Mecator and Liverpool
30th August Saturday WHT and Galileo

Friday 15th of August and Saturday 30th August will have several groups.

Visits must be booked in advance, by calling the receptionist at the Institute of Astronomy on (00 34) 922 425703 And yes, the receptionist speaks English. Book early -- most of the places for July have gone already.

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