Every year in August, it is possible toobserve a crowd shooting stars in the sky of Luxembourg. Among them, the Perseids are undoubtedly one of the best known. It is easy to understand why: on the one hand, they take place in the middle of August, a holiday month when more people have time to stay up to look at the stars, and on the other hand, its rate of meteorites per hour is higher than average. However, the weather must be mild so that you can be amazed.
This year it’s between August 9 and 13 that we are waiting for UN shooting star peak in the sky. This peak will be at its peak on the night of August 12 to 13, namely next night! However, this year the shooting stars will be put to the test as on August 12 you can also observe the full moon. The brightness of the latter may disturb the view of shooting stars, which means that only the brightest meteors will be visible. Fortunately, many Perseids tend to be quite bright.
The best place should be as dark as possible, away from city lights. To avoid straining your neck, you can lie down on the floor. We suggest putting your phone away to accustom your eyes to the dark, then being patient.
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A hundred meteorites per hour
Like all showers of shooting stars, that of the Perseids is associated with a comet. In this case, it is the 109P/Swift-Tuttlewhich was discovered in the middle of the 19th century by Lewis Swift and Horace Parnell Tuttle. It consists of tiny pieces of particles burning in our atmosphere at 59 km/s. Some of the debris may be larger than normal grain-like particles and may create glowing fireballs that light up the sky.
Each year, it is therefore this comet and its swarm which are at the origin of a very pretty shower of shooting stars in mid-August. And with a hundred weather forecasts per hour, you should have the opportunity to make several wishes…
So in your eyes and your most beautiful photos for astronomy lovers!
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