On Saturday, August 12, 2023, starting at 10:00 PM, we invite you to the Golesti Manor Park to look up at the sky and witness a symphony of shining lights piercing through the darkness: the Perseids.
On clear summer nights, the sky transforms into an awe-inspiring stage for one of the most captivating natural spectacles: the meteor shower known as the Perseids. These ephemeral lights, commonly referred to as falling stars, result from the interaction between Earth and the remnants left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet. This cosmic body orbits the Sun, and when Earth passes through its path, tiny particles of matter left behind by the comet collide with our atmosphere. As a consequence of this collision, the particles begin to burn due to friction with the air, creating those fascinating lights we call meteors or falling stars.
The phenomenon of the Perseids is named after the Perseus constellation, from which they appear to radiate, but meteors can be observed all over the sky. While the phenomenon is visible as early as July, the best period to observe this cosmic spectacle is around August 12th, when the Perseid activity reaches its peak.
For many, observing the meteor shower of Perseids is a magical and contemplative experience. When you stand beneath the starry sky and witness the ephemeral and luminous lights traversing the atmosphere, you can feel a deep connection with the universe and the cosmic cycles that influence life on Earth. In a world filled with turmoil and technology, moments of stillness and connection with nature and the cosmos can be incredibly precious.
In popular culture, falling stars are either fallen angels from the sky, kites, or some other flying creatures that chase after girls.