Stargazing Evening for the Perseids Meteor Shower at Hook Lighthouse
Aug 11 2018
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Hook Lighthouse, Fethard on Sea, Hook Peninsula, Wexford,
The most spectacular meteor shower of the year takes place in Ireland each August as the Earth bisects the tails of comets which are also orbiting the sun and the Perseids meteor showers take place.
At the world’s oldest original working lighthouse, the dark skies at the tip of the Hook Peninsula underneath the reassuring beam of the lighthouse tower provide spectacular views of the constellations, planets, satellites and galaxies.
This August, the Hook Lighthouse Visitor Centre will remain open extra late to offer you a very special stargazing evening event. Join the team at Hook Lighthouse, along with special guest astronomer from Big Bear Planetariums, Carl O’Beirnes, for this dazzling evening under the stars.
Carl will be on hand to open the evening, advising you on what to look out for and how to identify constellations in the night sky. He will also offer the opportunity to view the planets and deep sky objects visible during the meteor shower via telescopes, and share details on how to photograph the night sky and the Milky Way galaxy.
Bring your own telescope and/or cameras if you wish, however, no equipment at all is required if you simply want to relax and enjoy the best movie that nature can offer.
Wrap up warm and bring a deck chair and blanket as the temperature will drop as the night progresses, but the spectacle will surely be worth it.
This is a free event, so if you plan to attend, get down early to find your spot on the lighthouse lawns from 7pm. Then get ready to gaze skyward and scan the heavens for shooting stars under the intermittent ray of light from the ancient tower.