The lights will be off to see the stars better

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The lights will be off to see the stars better


A rain of shooting stars is announced on the night of August 12 to 13. Six municipalities in the west of Lausanne have decided to participate in the Perseides project, which invites you to turn off the lights in order to observe them better.


Without street lighting, the stars are more visible (illustrative image).


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Without street lighting, the stars are more visible (illustrative image).


The West of Lausanne will be a privileged place to observe the shooting stars on the night of August 12 to 13. Six municipalities have decided to participate in the Perseides project, which invites you to turn off the lights to better see the stars.

The Perséides project – named after this rain of shooting stars – started in Orbe in 2019 and wants to extend to as many Vaud municipalities as possible this year. More than 110 – a good third – have given their consent, including Yverdon-les-Bains, Aigle, Moudon and Aubonne.

Meteor swarm

In the west of Lausanne, Chavannes-près-Renens, Crissier, Ecublens, Renens, Bussigny and Villars-Sainte-Croix will not turn on their public lighting at night from August 12 to 13 until 4 a.m. in order to allow residents a night of observation. Every year, between August 10 and August 14, the Earth crosses the Perseids, a swarm of meteors, a statement said on Thursday.

This spectacle is partly masked by light pollution. To facilitate the observation of shooting stars, the municipalities invite companies and individuals to turn off their private lighting.

The traffic lights will remain on. Police call on motorists to drive at lower speeds. Pedestrians and cyclists should dress in light and bring a flashlight.

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