With a bit of luck you’ll see over 60 stars per hour tonight. Then the Perseids meteor showers reach their climax.

During the night from Thursday to Friday, the Barshawi meteor shower reaches its peak.

Blinks between 3 and 4 AM

More than 60 meteors

An hour across the sky.

The conditions are favorable, because there is rarely moonlight. Don’t want to get out of bed in the middle of the night? Also in the hours before and after the maximum you see more meteors than usual.

There is still a lot to see in the nights after the peak

Date

Best Time

the above. number of meteors

● Friday August 13, 2021

04:00

69

● Saturday 14 August 2021

04:00

52

● Sunday 15 August 2021

04:00

35

● Monday 16 August 2021

04:00

26

● Tuesday 17 August 2021

04:00

22

Source: Hemelwaarnemen.com


This is the best way to see the falling stars

It is best to see meteors with the naked eye. You just need a clear sky and a dark place (artificial light obstructs perception). Wear warm clothes, bring a sun lounger if necessary and have fun!

Tip: Don’t check your mobile phone too soon. Screen light spoils your night vision.

Space debris at lightning speed

Falling stars are pieces of space debris (rocks and ice) that move quickly

More than 200,000 kilometers each

hours to penetrate our atmosphere. Due to friction with air, they burn up in the atmosphere. In this way they draw their charming light paths along the sky.

cosmic dictionary

● meteors:

This is what we call a meteor. They are pieces of space debris that enter and burn our atmosphere

● Meteoroiden:

This is what we call meteorites before they reach our atmosphere

● Meteorites:

This is what we call meteorites that do not burn up completely in the atmosphere and therefore collide with the Earth

● POLYDINE:

This is what we call meteors so large that they cause fireballs

dangerous culprit

The Perseids emerge from a comet’s tail (a long string of space debris)

Swift Tuttle

The earth flakes off every summer. This happens at a distance of about 20 million km.

If a Swift-Tuttle hit the ground, the effect would be devastating. The impact would be about 27 times stronger than that of the comet that ended the age of the dinosaurs millions of years ago.

But fortunately, according to astronomers, Swift-Tuttle and Earth will not collide for the next two millennia.

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