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Lawrence’s tears

The Perseid meteors bring many verglühende – up to more than a hundred per hour. The best you can see the sky when you leave the lit by the flash in the direction of East Berlin.

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The meteors of Perseidenstroms are on the northeastern night sky seen from about 22 clock - best in the Monday night

The meteors of Perseidenstroms are seen at the northeastern night sky from about 22 clock – in the best Monday night

Each August the sky is crying: When the Earth passes through on their way to the sun, the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle, drops a large amount of debris from the comet into the Earth’s atmosphere and burns up . Because the universe and especially a planetary system like ours is not “clean”, but rich in dust, writes the website of the Vienna Planetarium. One of the sources for material are comets, which are made of dust and ice at each approach to the sun lose some of their matter.

never otherwise during the year can be a large amount watch shooting stars such as when passing through this comet debris. In the vernacular, they are also referred to as the “tears of St. Lawrence” because they are to celebrate the name of this popular saint on 10 August are to be seen.

Most meteors will be observed this year, according to astronomers in the night from Monday to Tuesday. Then it is raining more than 100 shooting stars per hour. One should be “throughout the night on numerous bright meteors also pleased,” announces the website at

Earth flies through loose fragments from the comet Swift-Tuttle

But even in the nights after hundreds of mostly small rocks with millimeter 60 kilometers per second will enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up in 80 to 300 kilometers above the friction heat. All meteors appear from a point in the constellation Perseus to come here, so the technical term is “Perseids”


your number is not the same every year: because Swift-Tuttle comes, according to Michael Geffert the Argelander Institute for Astronomy in Bonn only every 134 years the orbit close to the earth – most recently in 1992 and the next time 2126th Near the Sun, a comet loses in each cycle a portion of its matter. The remains are spread along its path, such as when a truck while driving would lose sand from the bed.

Who is the Perseids will admire in all its beauty, the light-polluted city of Berlin should leave as possible. Because only outside of appearance of the street lamps and car headlights, illuminated buildings and billboards can be seen in its full glory, the shooting stars. The best direction to leave the city is east or north. Because the meteors appear from the northeast rain down on the earth.

Hoping for a not too cloudy sky


best they can be lying – so you should bring a blanket. And warm clothes – the night temperatures drop to 14 degrees. Remains the question of the clouds. There will probably be some clouds, no clouds closed predict the weather forecasters, however. There is hope.

The term “Lawrence’s Tears” is derived from the way martyrs Laurentius ago, on the 10th day August 258 was allegedly tortured in Rome on a glowing rust to death. Here the saint is said to have shed tears over the sins of his people. According to documents, Lawrence served as a deacon in Rome for the finances and the poor. After Emperor Valerian had in vain demanded of him the surrender of ecclesiastical goods, he was tortured and executed.

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