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The TIC Newsletter -, The Magic of astronomy and weather
August 01, 2012
The Magic of Tenerife - issue #21
This is your genial webmaster John with the latest Tenerife Information Centre Newsletter!
- The Perseid Meteor Shower
An important annual astronomical event occurs this month.
The Perseid Meteor Shower is formed from the tail of the comet Swift-Tuttle (yes I'd never heard of it either).
For the uninitiated, meteors can also be referred to as "shooting stars" and they have the name "Perseid" because they seem to originate from the area of the sky where the contellation Perseus is found. At the height of the shower, there can be up to 60 per hour!
By far the best area to observe this spectacular phenomenon is at high altitude in a place with crystal clear skies. What better place, then, than Mount Teide!
Indeed, it is an annual event for interested people to go up the mountain for meteor spotting. There are companies that organise expeditions, too.
"El Cardon" is one of these. They offer a "Star Trail" up the mountain, beginning at 9pm and lasting three hours. The price is 20 euros and you can get more information and make a booking by visiting www.elcardon.com/actividades/sendero-de-estrellas-2/4008 .
The Perseid Meteor Shower occurs, this year, on the night of the 11th through to the early hours of the 12th.
This month sees the best weather of the year on the island (which, let's face it, has pretty good weather all year round) with average temperatures in the mid-20s.
You'll be blessed with 10 hours of sunshine per day and, for those of you who want a dip in the sea, you'll find its average temperature is a pleasant 23 degrees.
Although a drop of rain can't be ruled out, it will probably be just that - a drop. Tenerife rainfall usually consists of an almighty downpour for a few minutes, then back to the sunshine, which dries out everything in no time.
This time of year has its drawbacks too, with the possibility of dust storms blowing over from the Sahara, resulting in very oppressive conditions, and forest fires.
All in all, though, for sun worshippers, August is the ideal month in Tenerife.
Regular visitors to the Tenerife Information Centre will have noticed a dramatic change to the site's appearance.
It's all to do with the company whose software I use to create the site, SiteSell. They have just invested millions of dollars in developing a brand new system for lucky people like me to build pages of my site and design the overall look and feel.
If it was easy before, it's ridiculously easy now. The thing is, it's enjoyable, anyone can do it and it creates a possibility to make a bit of money. So, you can guess what's coming, can't you? Why not try it yourselves? I stress, this won't be a blog, or a wordpress-type thing, it'll be a bona fide web business you'll be creating.
Ah, you're thinking, I bet it's not free. Well, of course it isn't. SiteSell is in business itself, after all. But, for what you get, it's unbelievably cheap. There's a yearly fee of 299 US dollars (£192, 245 euros), but you can also pay monthly, which is 29.99 US dollars (£19.26, 24.58 euros). The best thing is, it comes with a 90 day trial period - that is, if you're not totally happy with the product, you have three months to ask for your payment back and it will be refunded to you, no questions asked.
Now, I'll be straight with you. On my site, there are a few links to SiteSell's product (called SBI! - short for "site build it"). If you click on any of those and subsequently purchase the product, I then get a small commission on the sale. It's one of the ways my site makes money. You'll be able to do this too, if you end up buying and creating a web business, by becoming a SiteSell affiliate.
Anyway, bottom line is, you could at least take a look at it. If you jump in and buy, I don't think you'll regret it - and I'll be grateful, too!
Due to the site overhaul, there have been no new pages this month
Ditto for updated pages.
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This is John signing off. See you next month!
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