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Four birdmen chase the Perseid meteor shower across the sky of La Palma in the Canary Islands.

August 16, 2016 Sports No Comments Print Print Email Email

Joakim Sommer, Armando del Rey, Marco Waltenspiel and Georg Lettner paid a tribute to the celestial event this week, flying over La Palma in the Canary Islands where the sky is considered the cleanest in the North Hemisphere for astronomic observation.

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The skydivers and wingsuit fliers joined the Perseids -a prolific meteor shower usually peaking in August. During the Perseid meteor shower up to 500 meteors can be seen in an hour and this year its intensity has been five times brighter than usual.

Jumping from a t-21 plane from an altitude of 1,800 meters they flew at a speed of 170 km/h above the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, where the world’s biggest optic telescope, the Gran Telescopio de Canarias, is located. They achieved this complex flight in total darkness, wearing LED wingsuits.

“The experience has been amazing,” said Sommer. “It literally felt like I was in a videogame. I was in this black tunnel and there was nothing else besides all those billions of stars in my face. It was a really unique visual because you could really feel the speed, but you have no other surroundings. You are just in pitch black; it is like you are out there in the outer space. It’s crazy, it was literally crazy.”

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