How to experience the Perseid meteor shower in Rotterdam

How to experience the Perseid meteor shower in Rotterdam

Look to the sky in the early hours of August 13th, and you'll probably catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower. At its peak, expect to see an average of 60 meteors per hour. 

On the nights of August 11th, 12th, and especially the 13th, the skies above Rotterdam will be illuminated by the mesmerizing Perseid meteor shower. While the exact peak time can vary, the best views are typically from midnight to sunrise. So, make sure to set your alarms and prepare for a night under the stars.

The Perseid meteor shower graces our skies every summer, starting in July and culminating in August. Originating from the Perseus constellation, the number of visible meteors can vary, but the experience is always breathtaking.

Perseid meteor shower in the Netherlands

The Swift-Tuttle comet is responsible for this annual spectacle. As it orbits close to Earth, its debris enters our atmosphere, disintegrating at an altitude of about 100 kilometers. These fragments, often no larger than dust particles, create the brilliant streaks of light we adore as shooting stars.


Where to see the Perseid meteor shower in Rotterdam

Urban areas, with their abundant light pollution, can sometimes obscure the meteor shower. For an unobstructed view, consider traveling to provinces like Drenthe, Friesland, or the Wadden islands. However, if you're set on staying in Rotterdam, the Skiberg in Bergschenhoek offers an elevated vantage point. The city's peripheral parks are also great alternatives. Another option might be one of the many parks on the outskirts of the city. 

Remember to bring along a comfortable beach chair and warm blankets. Lying down not only provides a panoramic view but also ensures you don't strain your neck. And of course, pack some snacks and drinks to keep you company!. 


If you can't quite picture it, check out this news report of a previous meteor shower, as experienced from the Skiberg. 


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