New Canary Island Astronomy Study
January 24, 2009 Leave a comment
It has been reported by the Belfast Telegraph that a team of astronomers are studying space weather to understand how this affects the earth’s climate. Using a powerful telescope somewhere in the Canary Islands they are observing solar flares through the clear Atlantic skies.
The leader of the Irish Astonomy study group said that observation from the high mountains of the Canary Islands makes an enormous difference to what they can observe compared to Belfast. Another member of the group explained that the ideal atmospheric conditions in the Canaries enable them to accurately measure the solar flares and try to understand why the flares are so bright and how much energy is released. They intend to study these solar explosions to try and understand how they affect the environment on planet earth. Let’s hope the perfect Tenerife climate will not be affected!