Star friends, watch out: now comes summer shooting stars-fireworks!
The coming nights provide plenty of opportunities to make a wish: On August 12, stargazers have the opportunity to view the real sky – the annual meteor shower of the Pershaweya River.
Most cases of sniffles are expected to appear in the early hours of the morning and late in the evening. In good conditions, attentive viewers can detect a cosmic trace of light every few minutes.
“We are sitting in the front row,” says Professor Thomas W. Kraube, Director of Planetarium in Hamburg, versus BILD. “Because in the hours after midnight, our eyes increasingly turn to the sky in the direction of the Earth’s journey around our star and we can observe how cosmic dust particles hit the Earth’s atmosphere – just like raindrops on a car windshield. They burn at a height of 100 to 80 kilometers. above the surface of the earth and manifests itself to us as traces of light that we call a shooting star.”
And this year, conditions are becoming especially favorable for viewing meteor stars. Professor Karrubi: “Since the narrow crescent of a wax moon can only be seen in the evening sky, the conditions this year are especially favorable. Because in this way the moonlight does not disturb our observations. “
However, you should still pay attention to where you stand – and carry some patience with you. Because: “Meteors come in bursts with lulls. At the same time, our eyes need about 20 minutes to adapt to darkness and night,” says Professor Karrubi.
By the way: The stars of the meteor can still be seen at the weekend. Those who live in the capital can sign up for a “long night of astronomy” on Saturday evening on the grounds of Archenhold Observatory in Treptower Park. Telescopes are available and experts give advice on observation.
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