The Perseids, they are back!

El Guarda perseids 2016Last night while making my last round with Sam my eye was drawn towards the fireworks in Alcalá in the distance, oh yeah forgot is the annual feria in the village. But walking back home I suddenly saw two shooting stars quickly after each other. I also had forgotten that it is the Perseids Period as well again.

As far as meteor showers go, the Perseids occupy a special place in the skies. They’re so well-known that references to them can even be found in Chinese records from 36 AD, so I read…  “Shooting stars” are actually just different-sized particles of dust, some finer than a grain of sand, that comets and asteroids leave behind during their orbits around the Sun. The resulting particle cloud (called meteoroids), thawed by the Sun’s heat, disperses in the space around the comet, and every year our planet crosses through it during our orbit around the Sun. During this meeting, the dust specks disintegrate upon their high-speed entrance into Earth’s atmosphere, creating those famous streaks of luminescence, referred to scientifically as meteors. For the cracks the Perseids meteor shower is found in the Perseus star constellation.

According to models, the Perseids’ activity will include days with about 100 meteors per hour. While they’re active between July 17 and August 24, the nights of August 12 and 13 will be the best moment to observe the shower. A crescent moon, which will disappear for the second half of the night, wasn’t a problem last night for seeing the Perseids; on average, guests stargazers here at the Cortijo were able to see one every two minutes, including some very bright ones (due to the high speeds at which they enter into the atmosphere) for those watching from dark places with clear horizons, far from light contamination. So time to lay on the stretchers on the pool tonight here at El Guarda and enjoy the (shooting) stars instead of the sun.


About The El Guarda Posts

We are a Dutch couple - Miranda and Hans - that has after having searched for a small hotel to buy in several countries around the world we came across El Guarda and fell in love with it straight away. We would love to share our excitement for the place and its surroundings with our guests and invite you to stay with us for some days when travelling through gorgeous Andalucía.
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