Date(s) - 12/08/2018
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
Made of tiny space debris caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle (the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth), the annual Perseid Meteor Shower is named after the constellation Perseus. This is because the direction (radiant) in the sky from which the meteors seem to come lies in the same direction as the constellation Perseus, in the north-eastern part of the sky.
When you see a meteor shower, you’re actually seeing pieces of comet debris heat up as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere, then burn up in a bright burst of light, streaking a path across the skies as they travel. Most of the meteors in the Perseids are about the size of a grain of sand.
This year an almost new moon creates excellent dark conditions in which to view the meteor shower. During the Perseids peak this year you can expect to see 60 to 70 meteors an hour from a dark place.
Come and join us to view the the meteor shower and the wonders of the night sky through our large telescopes from a Dark Sky location.
Session starts at 10.00pm.
Tickets are priced at:
Seniors (aged 65+) £12.00
- Viewing of the meteor shower and use of the telescopes for viewing the night sky is only possible when we have clear skies.
- Events go ahead in all weather conditions except where roads are impassible due to snow.
- Visit includes introductory presentation, guided stargazing and telescope tour.
Please note, all ticket sales are non-refundable. A minimum of 48 hours notice is required (by e-mail) if you wish to reschedule your booking.
Bookings are closed for this event.