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La Palma Island, Spain

La Palma, also called San Miguel de La Palma, is the most north-westerly island of the Canary Islands, Spain. La Palma is the fifth-largest of the seven main Canary Islands. Project Nightflight in Austria wrote: “Stargazing on La Palma Island is one of the finest astronomical experiences possible. The small volcanic island in the Atlantic…read more »

La Palma, also called San Miguel de La Palma, is the most north-westerly island of the Canary Islands, Spain. La Palma is the fifth-largest of the seven main Canary Islands. Project Nightflight in Austria wrote: “Stargazing on La Palma Island is one of the finest astronomical experiences possible. The small volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean is part of the European country Spain, has a modern airport, good infrastructure and offers impressively dark skies. Due to a very restrictive lighting policy, outdoor lights on La Palma are well shielded and the nighttime sky still looks how it should: dark and full of stars. First-time visitors to La Palma are often overwhelmed by the pristine skies of the island. Even in the populated areas near the coast, where most accommodations are located, the Milky Way is a magnificent sight. But for the real show you have to leave the coastline and drive up to the mountains. High above the coastal haze you will experience outstanding sky conditions.” Project Nightflight has compiled a PDF about easy-to-reach stargazing sites on La Palma, which you can find here: http://project-nightflight.net/stargazing_sites_on_la_palma_island.pdf

Deborah Byrd

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