Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

'Shooting star' show peaks in Italian skies


Milan, August 12 - Italy's famed 'St Lawrence Night'
shooting-star show will peak Monday, two nights after the feast
"It should be a magnificent spectacle," scientists at the
National Astrophysics Institute (Inaf) said.
This year, anyone who witnesses the phenomenon can 'wish
upon a star' on Twitter thanks to a new initiative launched by
Inaf Friday.
Users who have seen a shooting star can express their
heart's desire on the Internet, linking them collectively
by using the hashtag #stellacadente.
Luminous showers started on the night of St Lawrence on
August 10, when traditionally shooting stars start to intensify,
and are projected to continue until midsummer's night on August
In peak hours during the night between August 12 and August
13, between one and two shooting stars are expected to light up
the skies each minute.
"We are expecting one of the best shows in years," Inaf
Inaf said it would elaborate the data, volume permitting,
after August 15 to calculate the hourly distribution and
geographical sightings on the basis of the tweets that have been
It will also allow Facebook users to vote on the best wish
that has been posted online.
Italians also raised their gazes and glasses to the sky on
Saturday in the hope that their wishes will be granted thanks to
the midsummer meteorite shower.
Now in its 16th year, Calici di Stelle (Goblets of Stars)
brought some one million people together in over 200 locations
to watch the falling stars while enjoying wines and traditional
snacks in some of the most beautiful spots in the peninsula.
These included Medieval city squares, castles and vineyards
from the Valle d'Aosta in the north to Sicily in the south.
The annual spectacle of falling stars is caused by the
earth passing through the orbit of an old comet, the

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