Perseidas en el Teide./ IAC

Last chance to see the Perseids on Mount Teide before the PRUG is approved?

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The next 11, 12 and 13 August will be the best days to see the long-awaited meteor shower of the Perseids and many are already looking for the ideal place to witness it. The Perseids are visible from the entire northern hemisphere in midsummer and the speed of its meteors can reach 50 kilometers per second. Their activity rate can reach 200 shooting stars per hour and they can be seen with the naked eye, although this year the light pollution caused by the full moon, added to that produced by the Human Being, will make it somewhat more difficult to appreciate. .

It is precisely light pollution that is the concern of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC), which will offer a joint broadcast with the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA) from Roque de Los Muchachos (La Palma) and Pico do Arieiro (Madeira, Portugal) through the sky-live channel. TV.

The objective of the live broadcast is to make the population aware of this pollution phenomenon from one of the clearest skies in the world: that of Macaronesia. Man-made light pollution affects a 23% of the continental surface.

Classic to see them on Teide

Despite the efforts of IAC and SPEA to broadcast the meteor shower live, there are those who prefer to take advantage of the clarity of the Canarian skies to see it with their own eyes. in Tenerife, it is a classic climb to the Teide to be able to witness the so-called Tears of San Lorenzo.

But this year could be the last in which I know of this scene. Just like when it snows, the Teide National Park collapses when astronomical phenomena like this one occur. It is, along with many others, one of the reasons why the proposal for the Regulatory Plan for Use and Management (PRUG) for this national park raises prohibit parking vehicles inside.

Controversy with business fabric and political parties

The measures contemplated in the PRUG draft have caused both stir in society, parties and business fabric of Tenerife that, after having extended the period of public exposure until July 22, the Government of the Canary Islands has also been forced to extend the period of allegations Until 15 September. Since the initial announcement of this new process, on May 23, it is the fourth date defined as “final” in view of the numerous complaints from parties, administrations and businessmen.

Ashotel, the hotel management association of the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, presented its allegations a week ago, declaring that the plan “suffers from the participation of interested organizations and groups, including Ashotel itself”, and urged the Government of the Canary Islands to rework it with “greater participation and based on technical studies, not so much on opinions”.

In a harder line, last Sunday 28 the People’s Party of Tenerife He presented his own, assuring that it is “a null and void document”, and insisting that the Regional Executive “stop its efforts to continue with the process of processing this document, which must necessarily be annulled, and initiate another to which guarantees a correct participatory process, which arises from the will for dialogue and social debate”. It also calls for the immediate withdrawal of the plan Canarian Coalitionwhich on July 23 demanded greater participation in the elaboration.

shuttle buses

The PRUG is in the allegations phase and José Antonio Valbuena, Minister of Ecological Transition, Fight against Climate Change and Territorial Planning, guaranteed last week that there would be no plan without a social agreement. The circulation of vehicles within the national park is not in danger, but parking lot still up in the air within its limits until the final draft is submitted.

Although Valbuena’s approach is to build three bus shuttles at the gates of the park to park the cars and continue the journey by public transport, it will not be until the Perseids of 2023 that it will be known if any alternative is offered to be able to see them inside the national park.

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