Meteor shower
Thursday 10 December 2009 - 12:13:19
Meteor shower 13th/14th December

RIJSWIJK - If there are no clouds then you can see this weekend falling stars without using a telescope. This happens because the Earth is travelling through the orbit of the death comet Phaeton. Because of this we have every year more falling stars from the sky than normal. This news is comming from the 'Nederlandse Vereniging voor Weer- en Sterrenkunde' (KNVWS) on Thursday. The highlight of this event will be in the night of 13/14 December. More than 100 falling stars/hour will appear in the sky. A falling star or meteor is a dust particle or a little rock from the space entering our earth atmosphere. It will hit with a high velocity the molecules in the air which causes them to light up for a brief moment. It can be seen on the earth as a very short light in the sky. (ANP)


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