The most spectacular astronomical event of the summer is just around the corner, with the Perseids crossing the sky of Chamonix from August 9th to 15th. Monday night will be the best time to watch them.
The Perseids are fragments of dust from the Swift-Tuttle comet which ignite when they enter the atmosphere. They are also known as the 'tears of Saint Lawrence' because they usually coincide with the saint's celebration on August 10th. This year, they will be visible from August 9th to 15th, especially on the night of Monday 12th.
Even if the almost-full moon on Monday night may be a bit too bright, eclipsing some of the famous shooting stars, and some clouds have been forecast for Chamonix (with a chance of rain), the average temperature of 15ºC will make it a pretty pleasant time to head outdoors and watch this beautiful natural phenomenon.
You only need to head as far away from inhabited areas as possible to see them. Mountain tops and Alpine meadows are prime observation spots. Just direct your view to the constellation of Perseus, to the right of the Ursa Major, otherwise known as the 'Plough', and enjoy!
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