Night Sky Observation
One of the most impressive features of Au Diable Vert is the incredible night sky. Almost completely void of any visible lighting in the mountains surrounding us, the Milky Way comes alive, satellites are visible several times a night, and planets appear different colours.
Our park is also a popular place during special celestial events, particularly during the late summer meteor showers like the Perseids in August. The Perseids are named after the point from which they appear to come, in the constellation Perseus. The name is derived in part from the word Perseides (Περσείδες), a term found in Greek mythology referring to the sons of Perseus.
This prolific meteor shower is visible each year starting in mid-July, with the peak of activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour. They can be seen all across the sky, but are primarily visible in the northern hemisphere.
It is very unusual to have such extraordinary skies only 1½ hours from large cities; you’ll have to see it to believe it!