By Chris King • 07 August 2021 • 20:31
Annual 'Tears of San Lorenzo' Perseids shower in Spain.
THIS is the week you can observe the annual ‘Tears of San Lorenzo’ Perseids shower in the skies above Spain
August in Spain means the hottest and busiest time of the year, but from a meteorological point of view, it is the month during which the most anticipated annual natural phenomena of the year occurs – the Perseids shower, a rain of shooting stars, popularly known as the ‘Tears of San Lorenzo’, for its proximity to the holiday of the Spanish martyr of the same name.
This shower actually began on July 17, but the peak of the showers is expected to be on Thursday, August 12, between the hours of 9pm and midnight, with the Astronomy area of the National Geographic Institute saying that the best time to observe the Perseids from Spain will be on the night of August 12, into August 13, once the sky is dark, and after the crescent of the Moon is hidden over the horizon, although the tears of San Lorenzo can still be seen until August 24, in some capacity.
In order to observe the Perseids clearly, and with the bare eye, you are advised to find an observation point that provides a dark sky, with few obstacles to impair your view, such as buildings, mountains, or trees, with the National Geographic Institute recommending not to use any optical instruments such as telescopes, or binoculars, as they limit your maximum field of vision.
Also, it is recommended to look towards the darkest areas of the sky, in the opposite direction to the position of the Moon, especially if you are trying to observe these phenomena before sunset, and you should also look in the opposite direction to cities or towns, to avoid the glare created by light pollution, as reported by laopiniondemalaga.es.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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