Updated 11 August: Tonight, tomorrow and Thursday night are the peak of the Perseids, and because of the Covid19 outbreak the Tenerife Cabildo has put in place measures to avoid the excess numbers of vehicles expected as people try to get the best viewing of the meteor shower. The Cabildo says that night patrols will be reinforced over the three nights and the Cabildo’s own rangers will be supplemented by Canarian Government personnel. These will patrol to ensure that public parking areas don’t exceed the 50% capacity permitted, and that viewing spaces are not packed with people failing to comply with 1.5m distancing rules. The Cabildo reminds the public that botellones are banned in public highways … and that drinking out of boots of cars, as part of a gathering or not, is absolutely prohibited.
Original post 10 August: The famous Perseid meteor shower will peak this Wednesday 12 August, though meteors have been visible for a couple of weeks or so now and will remain visible for some time after the peak. The Perseids can produce over 50 meteors an hour with a large percentage of very bright shooting stars, and the Cabildo generally activates a protocol to ensure safety for all the cars that traditionally drive up to the caldera to view the shower. Although the Perseids actually radiate from the constellation of Perseus, they are visible all over the sky, so just look up after midnight. Alternatively, you can follow online HERE overnight 12-13 August when the shower will be streamed live from the Canarian Astrophysics Institute in the observatory in Azaña in the Teide National Park. For a full list of the other meteor showers this year, see HERE.