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Perseids Meteor Shower in San Jose del Cabo

by Yesica Pineda

One thing about the sky is that it is free to be seen by everyone, from everywhere. Its wonderful tones of light, in vast and dynamic ranges, seem to reflect the mood changes of our planet — it makes ‘sky sighting’ one  of the most magical past-times possible.  For me, in its constant flow of change, the sky reflects who we are. And, I have never met anyone who does not like the sky. That’s why the coming weeks are so exciting.

The Perseid meteor shower will peak Aug. 12. Photo courtesy of Milky Way Scientists

In July and August, the San Jose del Cabo sky offers a sky meteor shower so spectacular that missing it really would be a regrettable choice. (For me, it would be like missing an opportunity for contemplation of the Self and the realization of life on Earth.)

Meteor showers are annual events, during which more shooting stars than usual can be seen over a period of several nights.  During this spectacle, meteors seem to radiate from a particular point in the sky.  The showers happen when earth, in its orbit around the sun, moves through dust particles that are called the ‘meteoroid stream’.

During the Perseids meteor shower this year, you might be able to see meteors any time from July 23 – August 22, but the phenomenon will most likely peak from August 10-13.  The San Jose del Cabo coastline offers a privileged view to those who choose to  look up. The sky is open, clear and free from city lights.  Be advised that the Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, with up to 60 meteors per hour. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Perseus but the meteors appear in all parts of the sky.

Meteors are typically best after midnight (look to the northeast) but in 2012, with the moon rising into the predawn sky, you might want to watch in late evening as well. Try early mornings, for less moonlight. It’ll also be a beautiful early morning scene with the moon on those mornings near to the bright planets Venus and Jupiter in the eastern predawn sky.

Here is San Jose del Cabo moon calendar for those days:

August 10
Sunrise: 6:54 a.m.
Sunset: 7:56 p.m.
Moonrise: 12:54 a.m.
Moonset: 2:29 p.m.

August 11
Sunrise: 6:55 a.m.
Sunset: 7:55 p.m.
Moonrise: 1:38 a.m.
Moonset: 3:19 p.m.

August 12
Sunrise: 6:55 a.m.
Sunset: 7:54 p.m.
Moonrise: 2:25 a.m.
Moonset: 4:08 p.m.

August 13
Sunrise: 6:56 a.m.
Sunset: 7:54 p.m.
Moonrise: 3:16 a.m.
Moonset: 4:56 p.m.

Five Perfect Meteor-Shower Watching Scenarios:

  1. Camp that weekend at your beach of choice  on your way to the East Cape way
  2. Enjoy dinner at one of our beach front restaurants like 7 Seas, Mama Mia, Agua, Zipper’s and whenever you are ready step into the sand, lay down and look up.
  3. Bring your favorite Baja wine, or your local beer, prepare some ceviche or your appetizer of choice, and light a bonfire at your beach of preference a long San Jose del Cabo’s coastline.
  4. Take a silent walk by the ocean (perhaps hand in hand with a loved one), and await a sparky meteor trail.
  5. Stay at a villa with Ocean view,turn off the lights, play some relaxing music, and sit by the terraza to enjoy the show.

    Villa Captiva, a vacation rental in San Jose del Cabo

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