Canary Islands observatories will broadcast Perseid meteor shower live

2020/08/06 08:33:19 Written by Canarian Weekly National

On the night of August 12th you will be able to get maximum enjoyment of the Perseids meteor shower, as this year it is being broadcast live from the Teide Observatory in Tenerife, and the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma.

For the first time ever it will be on the channel, in collaboration with the Energy Efficiency Laboratories (EELabs) project of the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics (IAC), and the Innovation, Projects and Information Society Service of the Cabildo Insular de La Palma.

As every year around this time, the Earth passes through the cloud of dust and rocks that the Swift-Tuttle comet has left in each of its orbits around the Sun, and as a consequence, from mid-July to the end of August you can see the activity of the Perseids, also known as the 'Tears of San Lorenzo'.

This year the activity of the Perseids is between now and August 24th, with the maximum expected in Europe on the nights of the 11th and 12th of August, producing the maximum number of shooting and falling stars.

According to the calculations of the standard models, the activity of the Perseids is known to be around 100 meteors / hour (ZHR or zenith hourly rates). This year, the best time for observation will be during the first hours after sunset and around midnight, since a waning moon, at 47% of its fullness, will make observation difficult at the end of the night.

According to Miquel Serra-Ricart, IAC astronomer, "this year the Moon will not be a problem for observing the most famous meteor shower of the year: the Perseids, and as always we must be patient; in fifteen minutes we will surely count them by the tens if we fix our gaze on a fixed point in the sky."