Netherlands set for meteor spectacular
4 August 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The annual mid-August meteor shower will be much more visible this year thanks to good weather and a late moon, it was reported Wednesday.
4 August 2004
AMSTERDAM — The annual mid-August meteor shower will be much more visible this year thanks to good weather and a late moon, it was reported Wednesday.
The director of the Planetron in Dwingeloo — the largest Dutch public star-gazing centre — said because the moon will rise at about 2am, the Earth will be in shadow and the less distinct falling stars will be quite visible.
Weather bureau KNMI also said the chance of good weather next week is reasonably great, meaning that between 11 and 13 August dozens of falling stars will be seen in the night sky.
The Earth will pass through a cluster of dust and grit particles and a large number of them will collide with the Earth, resulting in a meteor shower, news agency ANP reported.
The particles come from comets — large blocks of ice that slowly fall apart during their journeys through space.
The cluster that will collide with the Earth next week comes from the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun every 130 years. The comet was last seen near the Earth in 1992.
Next week's meteor shower will be visible to the naked eye. Planetron director Albert Weishaupt recommended star gazers lie in an easy chair and look into the sky.
Many of the small meteorites will be visible at about midnight, and it is advised to avoid areas where there is a lot street lighting. The Planetron is organising special meteor gazing evenings. Its website is www.planetron.nl.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news