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  • The Coloured Waterfall (Cascada de colores) 2 days ago On Monday I hiked up into the Caldera de Taburiente to finally see the famous Coloured Waterfall. By my standards it was a long hike since it’s 5.5 km each way, although it’s pretty level. (That is, A Dutchman wouldn’t consider it flat, but you only climb about 200 m in 4.5 km. If you carry...
  • Starlit Skies 6 days ago   There’s a really simple reason why the Royal Greenwich Observatory moved their telescopes here. It’s one of the three best places in the world for astronomy. The observatory was founded in 1675 by Charles II of England – hence the “royal” for £520 (£20 over budget!). It was the first...
  • Equinox sunrise behind the Roque 1 week ago   A remarkable number of the archeological sites on La Palma line up with astronomical calendar events: particularly sunrise or sunset at the solstice or equinox, and the rising and setting of the star Canopus. In 2013 I went with a group of friends to one of these sites to see the sun rise...
  • The Scenic route over the ridge 1 week ago Los Llanos del Jable, with El Paso behind The main roads on La Palma form a rough figure 8, with the main east-west road being the LP2 from Santa Cruz to Los Llanos, through the tunnel. But whenever I’ve got time, I like to take the scenic route, the LP203. This winds up through the heather and...
  • The Large Size Telescope has a (baby) Pier 2 weeks ago Today I had a group in the GTC. As I left, I could see people working at the LST site, but I couldn’t see what they were doing. It turns out that the LST has the beginnings of a pier – the central support for the telescope.

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