Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Canary Islands observatories to broadcast the Perseid rain live on August 12-13

Long-exposure photograph of milky way, meteors, perseids (Via)

On the night of August 12 to 13, at 00:15 hrs, you can watch the Perseids, as the event will be broadcast live from the Teide Observatory and the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, through the sky-live.tv channel, with the collaboration of the Energy Efficiency Laboratories (EELabs) project, of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (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 Comet Swift-Tuttle has left in its orbits around the sun. As a consequence, from mid-July to the end of August the Perseids, also known as 'Tears of Saint Lawrence', can be seen.

In Europe, the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13 will have the maximum activity of the meteor shower, with the best times to observe being just after sunset and around midnight, as a waning moon, at 47% of its fullness, will make it difficult to observe at the end of the night. According to Miquel Serra-Ricart, an astronomer at the IAC, "this year the moon will not be a problem for observing the most famous meteor shower of the year".

Los observatorios de Canarias emitirán en directo la lluvia de las Perseidas

Retransmisión EN DIRECTO de la lluvia de las Perseidas