Star Party in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Planning the star party in the castle above Santa Cruz de La Palma
Planning the star party in the castle above Santa Cruz de La Palma

The castle on the hill above Santa Cruz (to the north) gets its name from the five-yearly festival where they bring the statue of the Virgin Mary down from Las Nieves into Santa Cruz. It’s not much used in between fiestas, but Wednesday 20th April is The World Night in Defence of Starlight, and Astrotour will be holding a Star Party there from 9 pm to 1 am.

You’ll be able to see Saturn and its rings through a telescope, watch an audiovisual presentation, and see the main constellations.

The castle is one of La Palma’s network of viewpoints recommended for stargazing, and will be named after Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. Even though it’s so close to the town, you can still see the brighter stars, thanks to La Palma’s Sky Law. It should be an interesting night.

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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