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Stargazing in Mallorca

A free heavenly spectacular – the Perseids Meteor Shower

Every year one of the northern hemisphere's greatest astronomical spectaculars is at its zenith around 12th August. It's the Perseid Meteor Shower, so called because the 'shooting stars' which zoom across the heavens, appear to come from the Perseus constellation.

mallorca planetarium and observatory

If you're lucky enough to be in Mallorca on the night of the 12th through to the 13th August, all the hard work involved in star spotting has been made easier by the Mallorca Observatory and Planetarium in Costitx, in the dead centre of the island. The astroboffins there are linking up with their colleagues at the Canary Islands Observatory who have a super duper space camera called Allsky, pointed at the night sky which can capture so much more than the naked eye can see.

Allsky's images, taken from 2400 metres high on Mount Teide with clarity almost guaranteed, are taken when the camera is activated by a fast moving meteor. Projected onto the 360 degree dome of the Costitx facility, it'll be like a super real stargazing session without the waiting around.

If you'd like to go and see the Perseids in motion, you'll need to book your ticket in advance as the attendance is obviously limited by the size of the planetarium. It's all free and there are various 'showings' all through the hours of darkness, just click the link - Planetarium - and choose when you want to go.