The Perseids meteor shower occurs as Earth passes through the outskirts of a cloud of debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. The dust and bits of rock left behind burn up if they enter the earth’s atmosphere, leaving a bright stream. These burning streams are also known as shooting stars. The maximum number of shooting stars occurs around the 12th/13th August. Come along to the Observatory and try spotting a few meteors as well as looking through the historic telescopes (weather permitting). See Open Evenings for further details.

The Observatory at Hurstmonceux is 25 miles from The Secret Campsite in East Sussex

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