The Lyrids: 14.04. - 30.04.2019
From the 14th of April the annual Lyrid Meteor Current will reach us and will last until April 30th. The Lyrids can be seen in clear skies across Europe. They can be best seen shortly after midnight. Coming from the constellation Lyre, the Lyrids will reach their maximum on the 22nd of April. So in ideal conditions up to 18 shooting stars per hour can be seen.
The Eta-Aquarids: 19.04. - 28.05.2019
Every spring we can observe the so-called "Eta Aquarids", which will reach us on April 19th and last until May 28th. Their origin is the comet Halley and they are from the constellation Aquarius, whose name they also carry (Aquarius - Aquarids), come. With a speed of 66km per second they race through space and burn up when entering the earth's atmosphere and shine as falling stars. The Eta Aquarids reach their maximum on May 6, 2019 and illuminate the sky in ideal conditions with about 10 to 15 shooting stars per hour. The more southern you are the better. The Eta Aquarids are best observed in the early morning hours before dusk, so watch early risers!
The Arietids: 22.05. - 02.07.2019
Since the Arietids are unfortunately only to be observed during the day and only with special equipment, there are only some general information. The Arietids move past the Earth every summer, their radiant, or apparent origin, is in the Aries (Aries) constellation, hence the name. Their origin comet is named 96P / Machholz. The invisible Arietids have an average activity of about 54 meteors per hour.
The Perseids: 17.07. - 24.08.2019
The Alpha-Aurigids: 28.08. - 05.09.2019
The Alpha Aurigids will occur from August 28 to September 5, 2019. The stream of meteorites can always be viewed from the earth in late summer. These are meteors of a comet from the constellation Fuhrmann, whose name is "Auriga". This constellation is easy to see, as its main star Capella is one of the 20 brightest fixed stars, ie a star of the first magnitude.
With every falling stream of falling stars, the shining rays in the sky seem to come from a certain vanishing point: the radiant. The Alpha Aurigid Radiant is always near Capella. The comet from which they originate takes about 2,500 years to turn once around the sun.
The Orionids: 02.10. - 07.11.2019
The Leonids: 06.11. - 30.11.2019
The Geminids: 04.12. - 17.12.2019
The Ursids: 17.12. - 26.12.2019
The Quadrantids: 28.12.2019 - 12. 01.2020
Again this year we can see some shooting stars again. So we start this year's "Shooting Star Nights" season on 14.04.2019 with the Lyrids and will, like last year, complete with the Orionids. Of course, there are also other meteor streams that reach us in winter, however, and are mostly, due to the temperatures, only interesting for toughened observers. Below you will find a list of all "Shooting Star Nights" and the Winter Meteor streams. At the top is always the next appointment with the latest information. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via the contact form or on facebook. If you do not know where to look for the constellations, we recommend the app "Sky Map", which is available for both Android and iOS free of charge. We wish you a wonderful "shooting star nights" season 2019 and that your wishes come true.
Tips for observation:
Have enough time, because shooting stars you can not even observe casually. Best in clear and clear weather, with a blanket in a meadow in the sky and be patient. Beautiful music in the background, vlt. a glass of wine and just a magical evening experience. Of course, do not forget the wishes. The darker and clearer the night, the higher the chance of seeing shooting stars. So get out of the city, because there the many lights only disturb. Even the moon can be a problem, but unfortunately we can not switch off :-) Good luck watching the shooting stars!
The meteor shower of the Perseids, which consists of fragments of the comet 109P / Swift-Tuttle and burns up in the form of shooting stars when entering the earth's atmosphere, crosses from 17.07. until 24.08.2019 the orbit of the earth. In this period, shooting stars can be observed relatively often in good conditions. However, the chance for a real "Shooting Night" in the period from 09.08. largest until 13.08.2019, because here the Perseids reach their maximum. The shooting stars of the Perseids come from the direction of the constellation Perseus, to which they owe their name.