Poor visibility for meteor showers

14th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 August 2007, DE BILT – High altitude clouds and a layer of ice crystals caused poor visibility of the meteor showers, which continued on Monday night. The ice crystals were particularly acute in the central and southern Netherlands, a spokesperson for meteorological institute KNMI said on Tuesday.

14 August 2007

DE BILT – High altitude clouds and a layer of ice crystals caused poor visibility of the meteor showers, which continued on Monday night. The ice crystals were particularly acute in the central and southern Netherlands, a spokesperson for meteorological institute KNMI said on Tuesday.

The skies were clearer in the northeastern part of the country, making visibility somewhat better. The meteor showers will continue in the coming nights, though the KNMI predicts heavy cloud cover tonight.

The meteor showers occur as the earth passes through a cloud of dust and grit particles in the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet. This comet orbits the sun every 130 years and was last seen in 1992. When these particles enter the earth's atmosphere they burn up, leaving a distinctive trail of light commonly referred to as a falling star.

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Subject: Dutch news

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