Meteor Showers in Tenerife 2018

Find out when all the meteor showers in Tenerife will occur in 2018


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There’s an estimated 14,000,000,000 stars in our galaxy. Two thirds of the world’s population rarely see them, their glory smothered by a thick blanket of smog, bad weather or light pollution.
 

Tenerife's Night Sky

It's no secret - Tenerife is one of the best places in Europe to view the night sky, probably third to Hawaii and Chile in the world! Since 1975, Tenerife has been home to the Canarian Insitute of Astrophysics with its' observatories located in Las Cañadas del Teide. What makes Tenerife so great for stargazing is its' clear night sky and the altitude Teide offers plus the fact there is very little air and light pollution. THE best way of making the most of meteor showers is to take a trip up to El Teide and park up at the Roques de Garcia. The locals are known to take up blankets and spend hours gazing in to the infinite sparkling cosmic abyss!

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When is the best time to go stargazing in Tenerife?

  • Ideally, whenever there is a new moon (or close to a full moon) so there's less light pollution in the sky. Here are the dates for when there will be a New Moon in Tenerife...
17th January, 15th February, 17th March, 16th April, 15th May, 13th June, 13th July, 11th August, 9th September, 9th October, 7th November, 7th December.
  • It's also a lot better during the Summer months which is when the Milky Way is higher up in the night sky.
  • Oh, and check the weather forecast, it also helps when it's not cloudy! Although if you venture up towards Teide, you are more likely to be above the clouds than under them!
 

2018 Meteor Showers in Tenerife

Below are the "scheduled" dates for meteor showers in Tenerife for 2018. There's further information further down the page on each meteor shower such as how they're caused and from which direction they will come. Don't forget your helmets!

1st to the 5th of January 2018 - Quadrantids
22nd to the of 23rd April 2018 - Lyrids
16th of July 2018 - Perseids
17th of November 2018 - Leonids
21st of October 2018 - Draconids & Orionids
13th of December 2018 - Geminids

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower

1st to the 5th of January 2018. The Quadrantids appear from the extinct constellation Quadrans Muralis, which is now part of the Boötes constellation and not far from the Big Dipper. Not as bright as the other meteor showers and the shower only peaks over a few hours. However, they are known to produce brighter shooting stars which last for longer, too. The Quadrantids are formed by debris breaking off the asteroid 2003 EH1 which is around 1.2 miles in diameter.

The Lyrid Meteor Shower

The Lyrid Meteor Shower is usually active between April 16 and 25 every year. It tends to peak around April 22 or 23. The Lyrids are named after constellation Lyra which is where they mostly radiate from. The Lyrids are created by debris from comet Thatcher, which takes about 415 years to orbit around the Sun.

The Perseid Meteor Shower

16th of July 2018. Look towards the North East in the Perseus Constellation. However, these meteors are likely to appear all over the night sky! The Perseid meteors are bits of debris left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle, which passes through our solar system once every 133 years. When the comet gets close to the sun it heats up and releases debris into its orbit. The bits and pieces from Comet Swift-Tuttle slam into the Earth’s upper atmosphere at some 210,000 kilometers (130,000 miles) per hour, lighting up the night sky with fast-moving Perseid meteors. Spectators can expect to witness anything between 50 and 80 meteors or "shooting stars" in one hour!

The Leonid Meteor Shower

As the name suggests, these will be appearing from the constellation of Leo. They will peak in the early hours of Sunday the 18th of November with their origin moving from North East to South East between the hours of 1am adn 7am. Here's an intriguing fact - The Leonid Meteor Showers are said to deposit 12 to 13 tons worth of particles on our Earth's surface each year!

The Draconid & Orionid Meteor Showers

Different to the other meteor showers, the Draconid Meteor Shower radiates from the West and is visible right between sunset and nightfall. These shooting stars are created when the Earth passes through the dust debris left by comet 21 P/ Giacobini-Zinner.

Like the Draconid Meteor Shower, the Orionid Meteor Shower is created by dust and debris from Hailey's Comet which takes 76 years to rotate around the sun - which will next be visible on Earth on the 28th of July 2061. Where you when we last witnessed Halley's Comet?!

The Geminid Meteor Shower

The Geminids Meteor shower is said to be the most spectacular of the year. With around 120 shooting stars visible every hour at its peak! Again, as the name suggests, look  towards the Gemini Constellation which will be North East between the early hours of the 13th - 14th December 2018. Unlike most other meteor showers, the Geminids are not associated with a comet but with an asteroid: the 3200 Phaethon.

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