This weekend astronomy lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy in the brightest meteor shower during the overnight hours of the 12th of August into the morning hours of the 13th of August. Astronomy societies all over Croatia will have telescope gatherings and along the with the meteors, will look at Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter.
''The tears of St Lawrence'' as this sky watching event is known in Croatia, or the Perseid meteor shower is considered to be one of the most spectacular celestial events in the world of astronomy. If you'd like to enoy this spectacular event, the Croatian Astronomical Union advices you to find a dark place with clear skies away from cities' light pollution. The Union also asked the cities to turn off the public lights – so the view could be even better.
The best time to observe will be from midnight to dawn, and since there is no moon, the Croatian Astronomical Union invites citizens and their guests to look at the celestial fireworks even during the night before the maximum on August 11th and 12th.
For meteor observation, no special equipment is needed, they can be spotted just lying on the ground, and it takes at least 30 minutes in the dark to adjust the eyes to night conditions.