Space lovers: This week you can discover more towering stars. The annual Perseids rain star will be showing up to 65 blocks per hour tonight. In addition, the weather is very favorable with a few clear periods expected.
This year, more shooting stars can be seen during Perseids than in other years. It’s about moonlight. New moon on August 9. Then the moon is almost between the earth and the sun. This gives us a dark moon, which makes it very easy to spot falling stars. After all, moonlight is less powerful.
If you want to spot meteors, take your chance this week. In 2022, the moon will be full, and due to the strong light you can see only 16 hours per hour.
“We will be able to see 50 to 65 meteors an hour tonight. If you want to see them, look to the northeast and get 2/3 higher above the horizon. You will be able to see them all night long, but the best time is after midnight, from 2 am.” Most of them will be seen around 3-4 a.m. very early in the morning. They will be variable clouds, so there will be periods with clear skies. Those who miss them tonight will have a second chance tomorrow or the day after tomorrow,” says science expert Martin Peters at HLN LIVE.
Another tip: stay away from a place with a lot of light pollution. Finally, does it matter where you live in Belgium? “In principle, anyone will be able to look at very colorful meteors. Keep in mind that early clouds on the coast, in the center and east of the country, mist of banks and early morning fog can cause some inconvenience here and there.”
Although most meteors can be seen on Friday, August 13, the number of visible meteors is also large on the nights before and after. For example, about 34 stars per hour will be visible the next night and about 35 per hour on Sunday, August 15.
The Perseid meteor appears to appear from a point on the northeastern horizon. So it is best to look in that direction. If you want to optimally enjoy stargazing, you can always use the following tips from Meteovista.
– find dark place Without artificial light. More meteors can be seen from the open field than from a city-lit backyard.
– take care of clear vision on the dome of the sky. Even if trees, shrubs, or buildings block only a small portion of the sky, some falling stars will not be visible.
Leave the eye for 15 minutes so you get used to to the dark. So don’t look at a smartphone with a bright light while you wait.
– Take regularly pause, because the eyes get tired very quickly from staring.
– be fit He eats and drinks enough. The eyes need this energy to see properly.
– Trek warm clothes in a. This also applies to summer, because if you sit outside at night for a long time, it will cool down quickly.
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