Like every summer, there is an astronomical phenomenon that dazzles millions of people, with the sole desire to find one of the 100 shooting stars per hour that flood the night skies.
La Perseidas, also known as San Lorenzo Tears, can be seen with the naked eye from July 17 to August 24, with August 9 to 13 being the days when they will be seen with the greatest intensity and August 12 to 13 the night in which up to 150 shooting stars will fall in just one hour. It is such a magical phenomenon that it is not surprising that millions of people are doing the same thing at that precise moment to make their wish to the Tears of San Lorenzo.
How does the astronomical phenomenon happen?
When our planet Earth crosses the wake of the comet Swift-Tuttle, tiny meteors the size of a granite of sand impact the atmosphere at about 214 thousand kilometers per hour, emitting a beam of light that we can distinguish with the naked eye. That’s when the meteors on the comet’s tail turn into a ball of fire and from Earth we are able to appreciate a tiny but magical shooting star.
Myths and legends of the Perseids
The Christian tradition tells that San Lorenzo, on August 10, 258 was burned in a bonfire in the city of Rome and according to legend, between flames said <<Dadme la vuelta, that on this side I am already done>>. With an apex of tragicomedy, it is remembered every year by these dates to the patron, relating the Perseids with their own tears falling from the sky.
According to Greek mythology, the original name of the Perseids comes from Perseus, son of Danae and Zeus. When Zeus descended to Earth to beget Danae by a golden storm. It was then that Zeus turned his son Perseus into a constellation and every summer around this time, he throws a shower of golden flashes to remember the way in which he was begotten.
Where to see the stars in Fuerteventura
The Canary Islands, and Fuerteventura in particular, have a favourable environment in which to see the stars. Did you know that the sky of Fuerteventura belongs to the Starlight Reserve badge? Due to the quality of the skies and the scarce light pollution, more and more people are spending these days in August looking at the night sky of Fuerteventura to ask their best wishes to the Tears of San Lorenzo.
Do you want to live an unique experience?
Live the Startlight experience on the Verdeaurora Bio Farm, surrounded by more than 30 hectares of Aloe vera and olive groves under the night sky of Fuerteventura where you can take a guided tour with an astronomer and his professional team who will teach you the most hidden secrets of the starry sky of Fuerteventura.