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Posted by nelson on August 10, 2017

Technically, they’ll be most visible around 1am on Sunday morning, but the message is really: “Get ready on Saturday for a night of spectacular stargazing”.

An almost perfect Perseids meteor shower is promised and the weather too should be just right.

Known in Portugal as the Tears of São Lourenço, this phenomenon takes place every year around August 10.

The only slight downside to this year’s shower is the presence of the moon which will be around three-quarters full, reducing the number of meteors easily visible to the naked eye.

Advice nonetheless is ‘get out there, find a spot away from well-lit areas, sit on a comfortable blanket, and watch the sky’. It takes about half an hour for eyes to become fully adjusted to the darkness, and the full effect of what’s happening up above to become clear.

The shower is the result of the earth passing through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle which leaves a trail of debris in its wake.

The name Perseids come from the fact that the meteors appear to radiate out of the constellation Perseus.

According to Diário de Notícias, the peak of this year’s shower should come shortly after Saturday merges into Sunday.

In other words, stargazers should get a great night out without even having to lose much sleep.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

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