A little known fact
The shadow of Mount Teide is a natural phenomenon that occurs on the Spanish island of Tenerife. Mount Teide is a volcano that stands at 3,718 meters (12,198 feet) and is the highest point in Spain. When the sun sets behind the volcano, its shadow is cast over the island and the Altantic ocean for over 40 kilometers.
The shadow of Mount Teide is particularly prominent during certain times of the year, such as the autumnal and vernal equinoxes when the sun is directly overhead. The shadow is most visible at sunset, when the shadow is longest and stretches across the landscape.
The shadow of Mount Teide has been celebrated in Tenerife for centuries, and is an important part of the island’s cultural heritage. It is also a popular attraction for tourists, who flock to the island to witness this natural wonder.
Here is a list of other famous shadow locations on earth
- Mount Rainier, Washington, USA: On clear days, especially during winter, Mount Rainier casts a triangular shadow on the clouds above during sunrise. This phenomenon is often captured by photographers.
- Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada), Sri Lanka: This mountain is known for the “specter of the Brocken” or the “shadow of the peak” phenomenon. At certain times, the shadow of the peak can be observed stretching across the clouds below, especially during the early morning.
- Stonehenge, England: The ancient stone circle casts long shadows during the winter and summer solstices, and these shadows play a significant role in theories about the site’s astronomical and ritual significance.
- Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia: This iconic monolith in the Australian Outback casts long shadows during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset, creating a dramatic contrast against the surrounding flat landscape.
- Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa: This flat-topped mountain casts a significant shadow over Cape Town, especially during the early morning and late afternoon.
- Matterhorn, Switzerland/Italy: This iconic alpine peak casts a long shadow across the valleys below, especially noticeable during sunrise and sunset.
- Torres del Paine, Chile: The granite peaks of the Torres del Paine National Park cast dramatic shadows over the landscape, especially during the golden hours.
- Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah, USA: The buttes and mesas of Monument Valley, made famous in many Western films, cast long shadows during sunrise and sunset, creating a surreal landscape.
- St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City: When the sun sets, the obelisk in St. Peter’s Square and the basilica itself cast long shadows across the square.