Equinox sunrise behind the Roque

Sunrise behind the Roque de Los Muchachos at the equinox. GTC on the left and TNG on the right.
Sunrise behind the Roque de Los Muchachos at the equinox
 

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 behind the highest point of the island, the Roque de Los Muchachos. It meant an early start, but it was well worth it. (From the observatory heliports, take the footpath market “Puntagorda”)

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