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Stargazing at the Masca viewpoint

Searching for stars in the Canarian skies
This large viewing platform, in the north-west corner of Tenerife in the borough of Buenavista del Norte offers incredible views from between a series of ravines from where you can contemplate the Canarian skies. With rugged road access and only a few parking spots this natural balcony is more than 1,000 metres above sea level. As there are no towns or services nearby you’ll need to take appropriate clothing and footwear, as well as food and drink.
Three zodiac constellations from Tenerife
In this western corner of Tenerife, looking to the south-east between the months of September and October, just after sundown, you can spot the autumn zodiac constellations of Pisces, Aquarius and Capricorn. Even though they may not be as clear as Pegasus to the east or Sagittarius to the south, there are some alignments of the stars that you can use to spot them. Under these constellations, looking towards the horizon, a lone star shines, just 25 light years away. This is Fomalhaut, the main star of the Piscis Austrinus constellation.
Altitude
600 m
Protected sky
High degree of sharpness area
Parking
Protected natural space
Restauration
Localidad
Buenavista del Norte

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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