At sunset, the skies of Mallorca are perfect for stargazing and summer star showers. At Mallorca Caprice we recommend you to look at the sky on these sweet summer nights when the air stops and you can enjoy what we have above our heads in good company.

 Don’t miss the Neowise comet: a unique cosmic spectacle in centuries

Comet Neowise, catalogued as C/2020 F3, was discovered on March 27 by a space telescope of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and reached the closest point of orbit to the Sun on July 3. Its discovery has been a magnificent surprise, as it will be visible throughout the month of July from Earth. Comets are the “icy remains of planet formation 4.6 billion years ago, so scientists consider them to be a kind of cosmic time capsule,” NASA said. They have a different kind of tail as they pass through space, made up of grains of dust that break off from the nucleus and remain in orbit around the Sun.

Comet Neowise, which falls into the category of the “big ones”, is bright enough to be visible without the use of a telescope. To observe it, you can do so with the naked eye by taking the Big Dipper as a reference and looking northwest where the comet will surprise you.

Star showers you shouldn’t miss

The most famous summer showers of stars are the Perseids and the Aquarid Delta. The Aquarids will be visible until August 23rd, but when they will be seen more will be next Thursday, July 30th. The Aquarids star showers are named after them because they are observed around the constellation of Aquarius with an average of 25 meteors per hour.

The Perseids, the most famous star shower of the summer, can be seen until the end of August, having its maximum observation on August 12 in the area of the constellation of Perseus.

Tips for observation

– Leaving cities and towns to avoid light pollution

– No need for optical aids (telescopes, binoculars…)

– Look at the sky in an open place, without obstacles.

Look for an elevated location with low light and enjoy the Mallorcan summer nights. Don’t forget to make a wish if you see a shooting star!

Por: Irene Viseras