Stargazing in Tefía

A refuge with a telescope for enthusiasts
In the centre of Fuerteventura lies the Tefía observatory, the main reference point for contemplating the skies in the island. There is a small refuge where you can stay the night if you reserve in advance. The refuge boasts an observatory dome and a telescope belonging to the Fuerteventura Astronomy Group - they meet here to view stars at least one Friday of every month.
Panoramic views of the brightest stars in the north
From the Tefía observation point, if you look towards the south there are particularly pretty skies during the first months of the year, when you can see two shining lights – the brightest stars in the sky. This is Sirius, the brightest star of the Canis Major constellation and Canopus, in the Carina constellation, the second brightest in the skies. Above both stars you’ll find what some call the cathedral of the winter skies in the northern hemisphere, the Orion constellation.
Altitude
3 m
Protected sky
Starlight Reserve
Parking
Protected natural space
Restauration
Telescopy
Localidad
Puerto del Rosario

TENERIFE

TENERIFE

GRAN CANARIA

GRAN CANARIA

FUERTEVENTURA

FUERTEVENTURA

LANZAROTE

LANZAROTE

LA GRACIOSA

LA GRACIOSA

LA GOMERA

LA GOMERA

LA PALMA

LA PALMA

EL HIERRO

EL HIERRO
Sustainability
Sostenibilidad
- Never leave waste of any type lying around, including cigarette butts. Leftover food leads to a proliferation of rats and wild cats, which pose a serious threat to the fauna.
- Respect the animals. Do not bother them or feed them. If you see an injured specimen, you can call the emergency number: 112. Do not pick flowers or plants.
- Do not pick up or take away stones or any other item from the natural environment. And do not move them to pile them up into sadly famous 'towers'.
- Turn off car headlights and do not use torches. That will help minimise the light pollution of the sky.
- If you are at an astronomical viewpoint, respect and look after the different items of public furniture (information panels, railings, seats, lighting, binoculars and telescopes, etc.).
- Try and be silent or talk quietly. The experience will be more enjoyable.
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