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Ten of the best ever astronomy quotes

Some quotes are by famous astronomers, some just about one of the oldest questions for humankind: what´s out there? ...

Island in the Sky from Christoph Malin.


Certificate of Excellence on Tripadvisor

Just really glad to announce that we´ve been awarded the Certificate of Excellence on Tripadvisor for 2014. Thanks for all our customers for 2013 - 2014 that have made this possible and also to all of those that have commented on tripadvisor, facebook, emails and so on. Your input and suggestions have made us improve! Really appreciated!
Ana & Agustín

Spying one of the youngest galaxies in the Universe

The first analysis of the observations of the Abell 2744 cluster of galaxies have been completed as part of a coordinated program of the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. An inmmediate result of this study is the discovery of one of the most distant galaxies known to date, which clearly shows the potential of the HST Frontier Fields project [To be published in the scientific journal Astronomy and Astrophysics Letters].

William Herschel Telescope

The William Herschel Telescope (WHT) is the second largest telescope at El Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma. With 4,6 m in diameter it is also the second largest in Europe only following the 10,4m Gran Telescopio de Canarias. Despite being of modest size nowadays is one of the most scientifically productive telescopes in the world.


Cepheid stars

Cepheid stars are peculiar stars very important to astrophysics: they are pulsating stars (variables ) that allow us to estimate distances. And the estimation of distances are, of course, are the largest obstacle to overcome in order to know the characteristics of an astro object under study. By knowing the distance, we other variables such as the mass, radius of a star & its intrinsic luminosity can be estimated.


Nova in Delphinus constellation

A sixth magnitude nova has been discovered in the constellation of Delphinus by Japanese astronomer Koichi Itagaki. With a pair of binoculars and the finder chart from the S&T website, you should be able to see the nova high in the sky tonight (weather permitting!). It´s about magnitude +5 (see map).

What's a NOVA?


Perseids Meteor Shower 2013

The Perseid meteors take their name from that of the constellation, Perseus, from where they appear to radiate. They are the most expectacular and reliable annual meteor display. The meteors are generally fast and bright, and may leave glowing 'persistent trains'. This year’s Perseid meteor shower is expected to have its peak of activity at midday on August 12th (possible maximum 50–100 meteors per hour) visible during the nights of 12th/13th August.


Supernova SN 2013ej en la galaxia M74

Astronomers from the Lick Observatory Supernovae Search team (LOSS) discovered on 25 July a supernova situated in the M74 galaxy. This is a spiral galaxy situated around 30 mill light-years from us in constallation of Piscis. The instrument used for the discovery was a robotic telescope at Mount Hamilton Observatory (California).

Supernova 2013 in M74 - astrolapalma.com

Astrophotography Competition La Palma 2013

Astrophotography Competition in La Palma is an international competition for astronomy amateurs. Every participant, who must be over 18 years old, is allowed to present up to a maximum of 3 pictures. Deadline: 4th October 2013 at noon. Rules in English here.
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