Perseids at the Platform

The Perseids at the Platform

From 7 to 18 August, up to 21h30

The Perseids is a spectacular shower of shooting stars that occurs once a year. In 2019, the phenomenon will reach its climax in the night of August 12. The Geopark opens the glass platform suspended in the evening for the occasion, from 7 to August 18, up to 21h30.

The rain usually lasts between mid-July and the end of August. Forecasts indicate that this year the Perseids are particularly numerous.

The 9 August, do not miss the initiation evening to astronomy: Initiation to astronomy, August 9

Did you know?

  • The Perseids are originally a cloud of debris left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet. This comet was discovered in 1862.
  • The size of a debris is between that of a grain of sand and that of a pea.
  • They move at a speed of about 210 000 km / h.
  • On average, we can usually observe 100 per hour.

To properly observe the phenomenon, it is important to get as far away as possible from light pollution. The Bortle scale, a nine-level scale that determines the rate of light pollution in a specific location, is a good tool to find out if you're in the right place. Of course, it is often in the middle of nature that are the best places to observe the Perseids.

The Gaspé Peninsula at Top-3

according to Météomédia, the Gaspé Peninsula is the 3th place most favorable to the observation of the Perseids. Here, the part of the observable sky is very large. The majority of the territory is at 1 and 2 on the Bortle scale, and the cities, like Gaspé, are at maximum 4, the limit for good stargazing.