The Law that protects the sky of the Canary Islands celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary

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At nightfall, the general feeling is that the more light, the better. More road safety, more tranquillity for the citizen and more beautiful are the important buildings. But in this race to illuminate more and more, one loses, among other things, the possibility of contemplating the landscape of the night sky, declared by UNESCO to be the heritage of future generations.

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) knows this well, and in order to guarantee research activity and, in particular, to preserve the astronomical quality of its observatories, on 31 October 1988 the Spanish Parliament approved the Law on the Protection of Astronomical Quality of the IAC Observatories.

La Ley que protege el cielo de Canarias cumple su veinticinco aniversario
A pesar de ser un punto casi insignificante en el globo terráqueo, La Palma puede presumir, probablemente, de tener uno de los mejores cielos del mundo para la observación astronómica. Gran parte de culpa de la relevancia actual del Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), en cuanto a la calidad de observación, la tiene “La Ley del Cielo” que cumple este año su veinticinco aniversario.