Meteor Showers in Tenerife 2018
Find out when all the meteor showers in Tenerife will occur in 2018
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 SkyIt'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!
We can highly recommend downloading the Star Walk 2 app for the iPhone for the best viewing experience. Features augmented reality and responds to where you point the phone. If you click on any of those bright things in the sky, it will tell you all about it! Great fun.
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...
- 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 TenerifeBelow 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
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?!
**We recommend the Star Walk 2 Night Sky Map iphone app for the best viewing experience. Download it here.**