The Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseids are usually the best meteor shower of the year. The peak will be on Sunday, with perhaps as many as 100 shooting stars per hour (although any meteor shower is best after midnight).

In Spain, this shower is known as las lagrimas de San Lorenzo (the tears of St Lawrence) because it happens near the feast day of St. Lawrence the martyr.

Fuencaliente town hall and island’s government (the Cabildo) have organized a star party at the astronomical viewpoint at the San Antonio volcano visitors’ centre with astronomical activities, a concert by local group Vrandan, and, of course, a chance to see the meteors.

Poster for the Perseid's activity, Fuencaliente, August 12th 2012
Poster for the Perseid's activity, Fuencaliente, August 12th 2012

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Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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