It 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