Human ‘meteors’: Skydivers shoot across night sky in Perseids plunge (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
The skydivers performed the stunt in La Palma to coincide with the annual Perseid meteor shower and honor the cosmic fireworks.
Joakim Sommer from Norway, Armando del Rey from Spain, and Marco Waltenspiel and Georg Lettner of Austria jumped in the Red Bull-sponsored stunt from an altitude of 1,800 meters at a speed of 170 kilometers per hour.
They staged their leap over the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory – home to the world’s largest optical telescope, the Gran Telescopio de Canarias. The team wore LED wingsuits to create an awesome shooting-star effect that lit up the night sky.
“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,” the Norwegian added. “You are just in pitch black; it is like you are out there in the outer space. It’s crazy, it was literally crazy.”
The dazzling Perseids peaked on the night of August 11-12 with reports of meteors streaking through the sky at a rate of 200 per hour.
This year’s celestial fireworks were particularly intense due to a special gravitational pull from Jupiter that increased the number of sky-spanning fireballs.
Well we thought it was too close to city lights but knowing this years show was supposed to be better than last years we decided to see how close we could get. Ran up Mt. Woodson trail with @joshua.foto at 11:30pm just in time to watch the moon set and the show to start. It's always great to meet up with people who are just as ambitious and share similar interests. Thanks for the great conversations Josh! You haven't missed the show yet! Drop your Friday night club scene and hit the trails to see another extraordinary night of the Perseids meteor shower! #potatochiprock #perseids #meteorshower