The Perseid meteors, known colloquially as the meteor, are active from July 17 to August 24. The maximum for this year is August 12.
During the summer, a few meteor showers are active. However, the Perseids are the densest of them all. Its name comes from the constellation Perseus, in which the radiation of these objects is at its maximum activity (the radiation is called the point from which meteorites of a particular swarm appear).
Perseids fall into groups of several or dozens of meteors over several minutes. The swarm has been known since antiquity and we now know it is related to Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle.
You don’t need telescopes or binoculars to see meteors in the sky, so even when there’s no organized event, you can enjoy these phenomena from just about anywhere, but don’t get too lit by lights (don’t stand under a lamp, look for a little less light in the city).
This year, the Perseids’ observations will not be affected by the lunar glow, because Earth’s natural satellite will be around the new moon.
The days around the height of the Pershaw meteor showers are usually a period of various astronomical outings and sky shows, known as “nights of the falling stars.” They are organized in different places in Poland and it is best to check in your area or where we are vacationing, whether any institution, organization or group of astronomy enthusiasts organize such attractions.
For example, the Gdańsk Hevelianum calls you on August 12 at 20.00-24.00 at the foot of Gora Graduá. Free admission. In addition to joint observations of meteors, other astronomical shows, workshops on building revolving sky maps, a cinema under the stars and a theater of fire dancers are also planned.
The Aleksander Jabłoński Foundation organizes a Falling Stars Walk at the Astronomical Observatory in Piwnice near Toruń. The event will take place on August 12 and 13 from 19.00, it is necessary to book tickets in advance.
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