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Shooting stars race across the night sky of Carinthia and East Tyrol

Shooting stars race across the night sky of Carinthia and East Tyrol

Since mid-April, shooting star hunters have once again had the opportunity to see burnt-up comet debris in the night sky. The Lyrid meteor swarm will continue to appear until the end of the month. The peak is expected to arrive on the morning of April 22, according to Uwe Pils, president of the Friends of the Stars association based in Bensheim in the southern state of Hesse. “Unfortunately, the almost full moon is an obstacle this year, however, according to the Star newspaper,” he said. Friends, there is still a chance for shooting stars. In the morning between 3 and 4 a.m., the sun is well below the horizon and the moon is so low that the light is less disturbing. If you want to see the celestial bodies burning, you have to look up into the southern sky.

The guitars are named after the constellation Lyra (in Latin Lyra). It was first discovered in the seventh century BC. By a Chinese observer who believes that stars are falling from the sky. They are fast objects with a speed of about 50 kilometers per second. Up to twenty meteors, including bright stars, light up every hour. The harps are scattered fragments of Comet Thatcher (C/1861G), which Earth passes through in its orbit in April.

Clear nights?

Do you have a clear view of the heavenly spectacle of Carinthia and East Tyrol this weekend? Of course, says Michel Salemi, a meteorologist at Opimet: “The best conditions are at night from Saturday to Sunday.” And the chances aren't bad from Sunday to Monday either. The night is likely to be cloudless, especially in Lower Carinthia. However, it is cloudier towards Upper Carinthia and East Tyrol.

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