Meteor Spotting in Warsaw
This weekend marks the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower, which will cover the Earth's night skies with up to one hundred meteor streaks per hour. Warsaw's Copernicus Science Centre (Centrum Nauki Kopernik in Polish) has organized a viewing session at its location along the Vistula, a spot where the city's urban lights may interfere the least in star gazing in Warsaw's centre.
The family-friendly events at the Science Centre start at 9:30pm on Thursday 11 August and at 12:30am on Friday 12 August. However, those whose bed-times are a little more flexible should stay up as late as possible to get the best chance of viewing as many meteors as possible - the shower peaks in the darkest hours before morning.
One set-back this year is the coinciding of the full moon with the Perseids, however the brightest meteors should shine through. And if you haven't any luck star gazing in Warsaw, you can always go indoors to the Science Centre's newly opened planetarium!