La Palma residents, who were recently struck by a horrific volcanic explosion, may finally rejoice in the good news that has finally come their way.
The Gran Telescopio Canarias, a massive astronomical telescope, has been launched as a new tourist attraction on the island of Gran Canaria. It is the world's largest Nordic optical telescope.
By the end of 2021, La Palma's tourist attractions had all but ceased operating due to the evacuation of locals and visitors alike due to ash clouds, lava streams, and other natural disasters.
While islanders strive to clean up the aftermath of last year's volcano explosion, tourism workers on the Canary Islands are encouraging visitors to come to this world-famous stargazing location.
With a main mirror diameter of just over 10 meters, the Gran Telescopio Canarias (abbreviated GranTeCan) boasts one of the world's premier locations for stargazing.
La Palma's tallest summit, Roque de los Muchachos, stands 2426 meters above sea level and houses an observatory with a telescope.
Astrotourists from all over the world travel to this remote location to watch the night sky in a way that is impossible to do from a city.
The Roque de los Muchachos observatory is positioned in one of the best northern hemisphere locations for space observation because of its projecting position and low light pollution.
It's already well-known among those who enjoy stargazing, and it frequently hosts astral phenomena such as meteor showers for the benefit of visitors.
In addition to Tenerife's Mount Teide, which has a huge observatory, the Canary Island of La Palma also has a thriving astrotourism industry.