That night, you should turn your eyes to the sky.
The shooting season has begun: on the following days, a night walk under the stars is worthwhile. Since April 16, 2018, the Lyrids flit across the dark sky.
Shooting stars in April 2018: Lyrids roar over the night sky
The falling stars of the Lyrids are quite fast flares. They penetrate the earth’s atmosphere at a speed of around 50 kilometers per second (180,000 kilometers per hour) and burn up. The falling star stream has its origin in the constellation Lyre. Hence the name.
If you want to see the Lyrids, you should either join the night owls or set your alarm clock very early. Because the best observation time is between 22 and 4 o’clock in the morning. The maximum of the meteor shower in the night from 22.04.2018 to 23.04.2018 is not very strong. Only ten to 20 falling stars should flare up per hour. Still, it’s worth taking a look.
Lyrids 2018: Weather forecast for shooting star maximum
The chances of a clear view are good. “The nights in the next week are from today’s perspective, only slightly cloudy or clear,” says meteorologist Lars Kirchhübel from the German Weather Service (DWD). Hobby astronomers on the Baltic Sea, the Alpine region and Saxony are a bit disadvantaged. Anyone who has a clear view of the sky without light pollution has a good chance shooting star to behold. Because even the moon does not bother too much.
“The maximum of the shooting stream is expected as the half moon increases,” says astrophysicist Dominik Elsässer of the Sternfreunde (VdS) Association. It was reasonably dark. At 3 o’clock the moon goes down. And that fits perfectly: at this time, the constellation Leier rises on the horizon.
However, amateur astronomers should rather look out for falling stars on early Sunday. “In the night of Sunday, it is largely clear everywhere in Germany,” said meteorologist Thomas Ruppert of the DWD. Although only the maximum of the current is reached on Monday, the Sunday is in the opinion of astronomers for observers but almost as good. And on Monday morning the sky is covered in many places, in the north it even rains. “The chances of observation are still best in the south and east,” said Ruppert.
Perseids, Geminids and Co.! These shooting stars bewitch 2018
The Lyrids are not among the most active shooting star streams of the year. Significantly more shooting stars can be seen in the Geminids in December. Then they scurry up to 120 times an hour over the night-dark firmament. And also the Perseids in August are impressive. Up to 100 flashes of light can be seen here every hour. By the way, the next falling star stream can already be seen in May. Then the May aquariums are flying across the sky.
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