Only once a year is it possible to sleep on the grounds of Andrews Observatory – only when observing Perseid together. The Astronomical Institute will hold it from 12 to 13 August in the local “radar meadow”. That is, the night after the maximum, which occurs on Wednesday afternoon.
In addition to Perseid, during the night humans will gradually see the bright planets Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and Venus with the naked eye. “During the second half of the night, the moon shortly after the last quarter. And the Milky Way until the moon begins to shine,”
On Wednesday evening, the Žebrák Observatory in the Beroun region will also be alive. A look at Perseids there is a “special” performance by musician Michal Šindelář.
Observations of the sky with astronomical telescopes take place over the weekend and the following week at the Štefánik Observatory near Petřín in Prague. They also show a show about one of the most visible planets this summer – Jupiter. The observatory in the Prague bláblice and the observatory and planetarium in Hradec Králové also have evening observations on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
They are preparing a program and observations in the amphitheater on August 12 in the Ostrava Planetarium. The capacity is 100 visitors. Behind the “shooting stars”, fans of the night sky can also go to the observatories of Vsetín, Teplice and Valašské Meziříčí.
Already on Saturday night, he will join a folk rock concert with the observation of Perseid in the Jičín Observatory. Just like in Ondřejov you can sleep there, a campfire is also planned.
The best conditions will be after dark, later observations will complicate the moon
On Saturday, August 15, there will be a full-day “astronomical program” at the Museum of the Jizera Mountains in Jizerka. During the day, visitors will observe the sun and listen to lectures on Mars research, light pollution and a concert. The evening will “come” on planets and Perseids, which are active this year until August 17.
The conditions for observing Perseid around its maximum this year will be somewhat complicated by the moon coming out shortly after midnight. Although it is usually recommended to watch a meteor shower during the second half of the night, this time, according to experts, it is best to start after dark.
The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus, from which they appear to fly. These are dust particles from Comet 109P Swift-Tuttle, which last approached the sun in December 1992. It did not happen again until 2126.
The first mention of a meteor shower comes from the 300s. People noticed them shortly after the martyrdom in St. Lawrence. That’s why they’re sometimes nicknamed Tears of St. Lawrence.