Falling stars over the Netherlands
7 August 2007, DWINGELOO – There will be hundreds of meteors to be seen in the skies over the Netherlands this coming weekend. As long as weather conditions are favourable of course.
7 August 2007
DWINGELOO – There will be hundreds of meteors to be seen in the skies over the Netherlands this coming weekend. As long as weather conditions are favourable of course.
Several observatories are opening their doors this weekend especially for the event, but the meteor showers will also be visible to the naked eye, says an employee at the Planetron in Dwingeloo. "All you have to do is lie in the garden and look up," he said on Monday.
The Planetron employee said that the most meteors will be visible on Sunday night. With favourable weather conditions as many as several dozen stars per hour can be seen shooting across the sky. The new moon this weekend will ensure that moonlight will not interfere with visibility. The first meteors will be visible as early as Thursday.
Clouds could get in the way of viewing however. Meteorological institute KNMI says it is still too early to predict whether it will be cloudy.
The meteor showers are the result of the earth passing through a cloud of dust and debris particles from the Swift-Tuttle comet, which orbits the sun every 130 years. Swift-Tuttle was last visible in 1992. When these particles burn up in the earth's atmosphere a shooting point of light can be seen.
A number of observatories, including the Mercurius in Dordrecht and the Schothorst in Amersfoort, will be holding special viewing evenings on Saturday. The star gazing evenings at the Dwingelo Planetron on 9 and 14 August will also be focused on these most spectacular meteor showers of the year.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news