Too close for comfort

YEARLY SPECTACLE: The Perseids as previously seen from Calar Alto Photo credit: Alicia Lozano

STARGAZERS anxious to see the Perseid meteor shower ignored requests not to get too close to the Calar Alta domes.

Photos on the Friends of the Calar Alto Astronomical Centre’s social media sites showed countless parked cars, headlights blazing, encircling the Observatory.

Each year more people go up to the Centre for a ringside seat to see the annual spectacle on the nights of August 11 and 12 but this time the Friends had sent out a plea via their social media accounts beforehand.

“The Observatory continues to work and produce science on these nights,” the Friends said, reminding the public that it was not necessary to get near to the domes to see the Perseids.

“It is vital that there is no light pollution near the telescopes, so the centre is putting on extra security and barriers will be set up at all accesses to the telescopes,” the association announced beforehand.

The Friends recommended keeping to the esplanades after reaching Calar Alto from either Gergal or Aulago.

“You’ll see just as well,” they promised.  “Let’s look after our Observatory.”

Many heeded the warning, but far too many ignored it, prompting the Friends’ latest message to the public: “People, no!  Not like this!”


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Linda Hall

Originally from the UK, Linda is based in Valenca and is a reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering local news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


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