Falling stars in the Sky of Siena

It is tradition to celebrate the night of Saint Lorenzo on the 10th August, the night of the falling stars, which represents San Lorenzo’s tears. The falling stars are a meteor shower , caused by the passage of the Swift-Tuttle comet. These are called “Perseid” due to their position in the Perseus’ constellation.

falling stars
Falling stars in the Sky of Siena

This year there will definitely be numerous falling stars as Bill Cooke suggested, one of the leading experts working at the Nasa.  It is suggested that the falling stars will be more visible at night from the 10th to the 14th August.

However, it will be possible to see the greatest number of Perseids from the 11th August evening. The detected values on the number of the meteors (100 meteors p/h) are theoretical and it is likely that the actual observable number of stars will be much less, because of the fact that different areas are characterized by light pollution, for example.

Looking towards the sky:

The constellations
Falling stars in the Sky of Siena-The constellations
  • South, Sagittarius’ constellation;
  • South-East, Capricorn and Aquarius;
  • North-West, Arcturus constellation, which is part of Bootes and Corona Borealis on his left;
  • Near the Summer Triangle, the minor constellations of the Sagitta (the Arrow), Dephinus (the Dolphin) and the Vulpecula;
  • North, the North Star, which is situated in the middle of all the other constellations, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor followed by the Dragon, Cepheus and Cassiopea constellation.

In order to observe the falling stars, several events are organized in Siena and its surroundings; experts and enthusiastics have the opportunity to take part in it. Amongst these events dedicated to this special night it is the meeting with Calici di Stelle, which is organized in the beautiful scenery of Piazza del Campo. It is a good opportunity to combine both stars gazing and drinking some good wine.

Piazza del Campo at night
Falling stars in the Sky of Siena-Piazza del Campo at night

Here is some advice on how to best observe the falling stars:

  • Position yourself in a area far away from light sources (reflections from illuminated buildings, discotheques, the suburbs…);
  • get comfortable (preferably laying down);
  • have a lot of patience and get your eyes used to the darkness;
  • do not look only at one point in the sky (and most of all do not look at your smartphone!)
  • if you love to take photos, a smartphone is not what you need: you will need some devices, such as an easel  stand and a very tall ISO with a wide opening and short exposure.

And how about you? Where would you want to look at the falling stars from? Here, in Borgo Grondaie we are surrounded by nature, with green and the right intensity of darkness to make the stars shine bright. Come here and wish upon a star with us!

Edited by Borgo Grondaie





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