I was going to meet Elena a stargazing guide from AdAstra who would take me stargazing for the evening. Each municipality on La Palma has an observation point but I was heading to one of the most privileged spots, Llano del Jable which sits at 1,342 meters altitude.
Under the pitch-black night sky, Elena set the mood by explaining there are approximately 200 billion stars in our Galaxy, but we can see only thousands of them.
With her special laser pen she points out The Milky Way which was visible that night (as a blurred whitish cloud, since our eyes are not able to capture colours at night). You can see it from June to November from the Canary Islands.
She continued to explain constellations' and planets' position depends on the time of the year (and on the geographical latitude). The night of the stargazing, she mentioned we could see planets Saturn and Mars, and the constellations of Scorpius, Sagittarius, Aquila, Cygnus, Lyra, Hercules, Pegasus, Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Ursa Minor and Ursa Major.
Through the telescope I look at two star clusters: butterfly and diamond. To my untrained eye I am not sure I can see either a butterfly or a diamond but there was something delightful about standing in absolute silence in the middle of nowhere looking at twinkly stars.