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View the Perseids Meteor Shower in Dwejra event this weekend

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View the Perseids Meteor Shower in Gozo this weekendIt is almost time for the Perseids Meteor Shower (Tears of St. Lawrence) and as with previous years, the Astronomical Society of Malta will be organising an observation night event in Gozo on the night of the shower’s peak, between the 12th and 13th of August.

The Society, will as usual be collaborating with the Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy from the University of Malta for the night, and for the first time with the Malta Amateur Radio League, who will be transmitting a live view of any incoming Perseids, detected via a receiver antenna set up in Birkirkara..

The Society will be setting up at Dwejra, the darkest night sky location in the Maltese islands and a dark sky heritage site.

They will have cameras set up to capture a few Perseid meteors as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere, and a few telescopes for those attending to use. Everyone is welcome to join them, the event is free of charge.

Since the Perseid meteor shower peaks after midnight, the Society said that they will be there from 10pm onwards.

As it will be a new moon on the day, this year will provide a better chance to view the Perseid meteors than last year.

Photograph: Din l-Art Helwa

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    1. anthony zammit says:

      Space and all its bodies is my greatest fascination after that of Man? Seriously, since I was little I always wondered why St Laurence sheds tears every year. He is in Heaven, why should he cry. Then I was told that they were Meteor showers called Perseid. I looked it up and found this video:

      Here is a description of what they actually are for those who have no time in Googling: The Perseid meteor shower comes around every summer when Earth passes through the trail of dust and debris left in the orbit of the very large Comet Swift-Tuttle, which passes near Earth every 133 years on its journey around the sun. The meteors blaze through the sky as pieces of debris burn up in the atmosphere, traveling at 37 miles per second (59 kilometers per second). Most Perseid meteors are made of pieces of dust about the size of a grain of sand, and almost all of them burn up completely on their way through the atmosphere. Sometimes, pieces glow particularly brightly; the Perseids are known for these so-called fireballs, Cooke said.

      The Perseids appear to come from the constellation Perseus, known as the shower’s radiant, but they can appear all across the sky. Viewers in the Southern Hemisphere will have to look toward the northeast horizon to be more likely to see the meteors.

      I will be there at Dwejra for sure……Won’t miss this date with my stars.

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