The Perseids are one of the most special meteor showers of the summer and even of the whole year. Popularly known as Tears of San Lorenzo, they are a true visual spectacle whether or not you are an astronomy lover. If you don’t want to miss this shower of stars, here we tell you when, how and where to see the Perseids in Navarra. You dare? What day is the best to see the Perseid meteor shower Where to see the Perseids in Navarra What is the origin of the Perseids Five tips to see the Perseid meteor shower What day is the best to see the Perseid meteor shower Although the Perseids are visible between the July 17 and August 24, the best day to see the meteor shower will be the night of August 12-13. It is one of the most important astronomical phenomena and its popular name Tears of San Lorenzo responds to its proximity to the festivity of the Spanish martyr. However, this year the National Geographic Institute (IGN) reveals that it will be a bad year to see the Perseids. This is due to the coincidence of the day of maximum activity with the phase of the full moon. View of the sky from the fence of Artajona. Photo: file. Where to see the Perseids in Navarra Among the keys to seeing the Perseids are those places that do not have light pollution and that do not have obstacles in sight. In addition to Lerín, the first Starlight Town in Spain, there are many places in Navarra that are perfect for seeing the Perseid meteor shower. The Pamplona Planetarium organizes various activities centered on this astronomical phenomenon, making it a good option. Other safe bets are Roncal, the Sierra de Ujué, the Foz de Lumbier or the hermitages of Valdizarbe and Artajona. What is the origin of the Perseids? The origin of the Perseids or Tears of San Lorenzo is found in the meteors from comet Swift-Tuttle. Discovered in 1862, each year the remains of the comet come into contact with the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrate, emitting a flash of light that we identify as shooting stars. The meteors from the comet enter the atmosphere at high speeds, being able to exceed 50 kilometers per second and reaching an activity rate of 200 meteors per hour. Night sky illuminated by the Perseids or Tears of San Lorenzo. Photo: Flickr. Five tips to see the Perseid meteor shower Now that you know when and where to see the Perseid meteor shower, here are some tips that will help you see them better: Plan and choose the right night. The night from August 12 to 13 will be the best night to see the meteor shower, so don’t hesitate. Check the weather and the moon. Sadly, this year the day of maximum splendor coincides with the full moon, so it will be a bad year to see the Perseids. Pick a good spot. The key is places that do not have light pollution, away from urban centers and without obstacles. Be patient. Do not expect to arrive and already see shooting stars. You will have to arm yourself with patience, get comfortable and wait. Advance. It is recommended that you go with time to the chosen place to see the stars. This way you will get your eyes used to the dark.
Finally, you will not need any special equipment to see the Perseid meteor shower. Directing your eyes to the dark sky will be more than enough. And you, are you going to miss them?