Kenley Observatory opens up for a night of shooting stars

Kenley Observatory is staging an all-night meteor watch this Saturday. This image, courtesy of Graham Cluer, is a 5min exposure of meteors from 2016

Weather permitting, Kenley Observatory will be staging its Perseid Meteor Watch this Saturday, August 10.

“No special equipment needed, just your eyes,” according to the organisers.

The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The fire ball-like meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to come lies in the constellation Perseus.

Kenley Observatory is the ideal place to view the meteors with its wide, open skies.

Starting at 9pm on Saturday, the Observatory will be open all night until dawn on Sunday.

“Remember, the brightest meteors are after midnight,” the organisers advise.

Details about visiting are on the website,, and the astronomers will be updating the website, Facebook page and answerphone (020 8668 9642) during Saturday afternoon to confirm on weather conditions.


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