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Spot a shooting star in Luxembourg

06.08.2015 From our online archive
Look up in the night sky over Luxembourg from August 11 to 15 and the chances are you will spot a shooting star.

(JB) Look up in the night sky over Luxembourg from August 11 to 15 and the chances are you will spot a shooting star.

The Perseid meteor shower will be most clearly visible during this period when novice and experienced stargazers will be out in force.

This year, the peak season comes at a time when there will be a waning crescent moon, making for perfect dark conditions for spotting meteors.

At the peak, expected to be between August 11 and 13, spotters in the northern hemisphere will be able to see around 50 meteors per hour.

To view the shower in Luxembourg, it is best to choose a location away from large conurbations which may obscure the sky with light pollution.

Mont st Nicolas, close to Vianden, is the highest place in Luxembourg at 470metres, offering an unrivalled view of the night sky. But, it is not the only high rural place in Luxembourg.

Check the weather before setting out -  you will need a clear sky to view the shower and make sure to take something to sit or lie on as you may have to be patient.

Stargazers wishing to enjoy the aerial display in company can participate in a public viewing to be held between Beidweiler and Eschweiler (close to Junglinster) on August 12 from 10pm.

The viewing location is on the summit of a hill by the water tower. For more information, visit www.amnhn.lu or www.aal.lu

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