In this part of Provence there are no lampposts in the wider area around our Provencal farmhouse. So here you can admire the starry sky in all its splendor and recognize the galaxy very well on one of many clear evenings .
Take a nice recliner in the garden and let your eyes get used to the dark for 15 minutes. Focus now on a certain spot because usually meteorites appear everywhere and you can not just keep an eye on the whole sky... It does help to check around what zodiac most shooting stars are expected.
Shooting stars are actually pieces of space rock (meteoroid) that evaporate into the atmosphere about 100 km above our heads. The meteoroid becomes a meteor when it is so big that he is not completely burned and crashes on the earth surface.
Because of the very high speed of up to 70 kilometers per second falling stars, which are often no bigger than a pebble, are only seen a light rail.
Twice a year it rains falling stars in August and November..
The Perseids peak takes place around August 12th. The meteor shower is from the Swift-Tuttle comet and can be found near constellation Perseus.
Halfway through November, the atmosphere is bombarded by the Leonid emanating from the comet Tempel-Tuttle and can be seen around the constellation Leo.
Furthermore, there are more periods throughout the year with many falling stars. It's fun to make a game of it for example with kids about who can make most wishes …
From 16 to April 25
Highlight the entire period
From 11 July to 10 August
Peak around 30 and 31 July
From 13 July to 26 August
Peak around 12 and 13 August
From October 4 to November 14
Peak around 21 and 22 October
From 5 to November 30
Peak around November 17
From 4 to December 16
Peak around December 14
From 17 to December 23
Peak around December 22
We are in southern France at 24 miles (40 km) from Avignon and 74 miles (120 km) from Marseille. It is hilly here with many forests, vineyards and olive groves and the Mont Ventoux that extends everywhere.
Judith Derksen & Frank Molenaar
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