Monday, 10 Dec 2018

Lyrids: Falling Stars in April

Currently, the meteorite current brings many shooting stars, the highlight is in the night of Monday.

Off the metropolitan areas, one can, with good luck, observe the Lyrids in the night sky. This is a Metor stream, which can be admired between 14 and 26 April. The maximum usually occurs around the 22nd of April.

What are the Lyrids?

The Lyrids are attributed to the comet Thatcher (C / 1861 G1), which has a cycle time of 415 years. The Lyrids were described more than 2600 years ago by Chinese astronomers and model calculations suggest that the current has existed for about 1.5 million years. There are large amounts of small rocks and dust particles around the comet’s orbit that have come off the comet as it approaches the sun. When these small particles of rock hit the earth’s atmosphere, they burn up there and, if they shine bright enough, are turned into us shooting stars visible.

When can you best see the shooting stars?

The maximum number of shooting stars will be reached during the night from the 21st to the 22nd of April. Especially in this period should – as far as the visibility play – about 20 shooting stars per hour in the sky to see. The best conditions are between 4:00 and 5:00, before the moon could outshine the shooting stars. Star gazers should avoid the big cities and their light sources, otherwise good observation conditions will be available in the coming nights. The forecasts for the coming nights can be found below

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