Miguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who creates spectacular images of the night sky. As a European Southern Observatory Photo Ambassador and member of The World At Night and the official astrophotographer of the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, he specializes in astronomical “Skyscapes” that connect both Earth and the night sky.
Join Miguel here as he takes us through his new video, “Make A Wish … The Perseids are Coming.”
The Perseid meteor shower is coming, with a peak happening on Friday (Aug. 11) and Saturday (Aug. 12).
The spectacular meteor shower or “shooting star” show has an estimated average of 100 meteors per hour, and is one of the best of the year. This year, the new moon will help with the night show visibility.
This video shows meteors accurately aligned with the stars in a 360-degree virtual reality scene. I captured it during the Perseids show in 2021, from one of our dark skies in Portugal. Do watch it with sound on.
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Meteor showers are events stemming from swarms of meteors. Meteors are flecks of dust, often from asteroids or comets, flying into Earth’s atmosphere at high speed. The Perseid meteors appear to come from a spot, or radiant, in the Perseus constellation. The Perseids’ actual source in space, however, is Comet Swift-Tuttle.
The Perseids tend to be most visible late in the night, and you can see them best from about 45 degrees away from the radiant. Look in any direction up to the zenith — that’s straight up. If you’re looking for a good spot to watch, try to find dark places like Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve in Portugal.
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To see more of Miguel Claro’s work, please see his website or follow his stories on Instagram at www.instagram.com/miguel_claro.
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