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23 April 2022

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Perseids, the summer's shooting star shower

Stargazing may seem new to many, but for thousands of years, stargazing has guided mankind. Nowadays, the Perseids or tears of St. Lawrence are a shower of stars that every summer allows us to enjoy fantastic nights of stargazing.

 

We want to tell you how was the observation of the "Perseids" from our Eco Hotel Starlight in Frómista, together with the environmental initiatives company Buteo. But first, a little bit of information about this annual event...

 

 

What is a shooting star?

 

Star showers occur when particles from certain celestial bodies enter the Earth's atmosphere. In the case of the Perseids, the particles come from the Swift-Tuttle comet, which comes into contact with our atmosphere during its orbit.

 

 

Why are they called Perseids?

 

The name Perseids comes from the time when this astronomical phenomenon was first studied by the famous scientists Adolphe Quetelet and Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli, who established a link between the constellation Perseus and the summer star shower. According to Quetelet these shooting stars appeared to come from the constellation Perseus. It was Shiaparelli who later, in 1862, identified the comet as the origin of the phenomenon.

 

 

When to see the Perseids?

 

Throughout the year several meteor showers can be observed (Quadrantids, Lyrids, Geminids...). Their duration is approximate since, as we have explained, it depends on the particles of dust and rocks that cross our atmosphere and generate the shooting star phenomenon. In the case of the Perseids, the best dates to see them are between 17 July and 24 August, with the highest frequency of meteors around 13 August.

 

Where to see the Perseids in Palencia?

 

Perseid Observation 2021 in Frómista

In Frómista!

El pasado 14 de agosto, en Frómista, desde el Eco Hotel Doña Mayor (hotel con certificación Starlight) salimos al Canal de Castilla a realizar una actividad al aire libre de turismo de estrellas con la empresa de iniciativas ambientales Buteo. Este año 2022, volvemos a realizar la actividad, ¡sigue leyendo!

 

Salimos con la puesta del sol, sobre las 21:30, y nos dirigimos hacia el Canal paseando y charlando sobre el fenómeno de las estrellas fugaces. Este punto cumple los requisitos imprescindibles para realizar una buena observación: se encuentra lo suficientemente alejado del núcleo urbano para que haya oscuridad y no tiene obstáculos que impidan observar el horizonte. Afortunadamente, el ciclo de la luna también era propicio para la observación, ya que  se encontraba en una fase con baja luminosidad.

 

Se hallaban dispuestas en círculo las esterillas sobre las que tumbarse para ver el cielo desde una perspectiva poco habitual: tumbados en el campo; y también algunas bebidas de cortesía para amenizar la actividad.

 

 

 

Además, estaba listo el material óptico de Doña Mayor, dos telescopios, con los que observamos la luna muy de cerca y el anillo de Saturno.

Afterwards we lay down to listen to stories about the constellations, legends about the origin of the most curious ones, we located them in the sky and we understood how in every season of the year we can observe different constellations, we understood the interpretations of the civilizations of each constellation...

Aunque el cielo estaba más nublado de lo habitual, al final de la actividad pudimos observarlo completamente despejado y con la vía láctea perfectamente marcada, lo que nos permitió entender la relación de Frómista con el Camino de Santiago o Camino de las Estrellas.


¿Te animas a realizar turismo de estrellas con nosotros el este verano? ¡Ya puedes realizar tu reserva!

 

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View of the moon through telescopes at the Eco Hotel Doña Mayor

View of Saturn through telescopes at Frómista