Mallorca & the Observatori Astronomic de Mallorca
Gazing at the stars, planets and distant galaxies is a universal, timeless pleasure, but it is one denied to many of us. A recent study estimated that 99% of the population of America and Europe never see a clear night sky unobscured by dust, smog and light pollution. Now, imagine yourself at the Observatori Astronomic de Mallorca (OAM) on a clear, moonless night, the air still and silent as you stare up at the Universe.
Mallorca (or Majorca) is a beautiful island known as The King of the Balearics. The largest of the islands, Mallorca has long been a favourite among the world's travellers. And looking at the scenery it is easy to see why both tourists and stargazers are drawn to it. We are talking tiny inlets, sweeping bays and sandy coves, all lapped by turquoise waters. Palma de Mallorca, its capital, is a luxurious city with many activities to enjoy as well as great shopping and historic sightseeing.
Climate wise, the weather is typically Mediterranean, things start to heat up around May when you are looking at the mid-20's and peak in July and August hitting 30 degrees. Either side if this, the spring and autumn months are a lot milder than here in more northern countries which is an added bonus for you, the stargazer.
The well-equipped yet relaxed OAM brings you an amazing planetarium (not utilised during all Schools) and seven teaching observatories one of which is converted for disabled access. Each observatory houses a telescope and either CCD camera with filters, spectrograph or a simple eyepiece to view the stars in an unpolluted night sky. Located in the rural heart of Mallorca at a pleasant 160 m above sea-level the OAM is not a classical mountain-top observatory and thus easily accessible to all. Here you will get to view more stars than you have seen before with expert tutors on hand to guide you in the art of observing the universe.
The Observatori Astronomic de Mallorca (in Spanish)