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Look Up! It’s the Lyrids!

Look Up! It’s the Lyrids!

This month, the annual Lyrid meteor shower will reach maximum activity. The best time to view these falling stars will be between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning, April 22.

What To Look For?
Lyrid meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails. About 10-20 meteors are usually visible per hour, at peak. Occasionally, surges can bring as much as 100 meteors per hour, but this is rare and not easy to predict. The Lyrids are most prolific right before dawn. Though Tuesday night into Wednesday marks the traditional peak for this shower, you should be able to enjoy a sprinkling of meteors in the days before and after peak activity. This year, a bright Waning Crescent Moon (45% full) will still be prominent in the sky, making viewing conditions less than ideal.

Best Way to View Meteor Showers:
The best way to watch for meteors is to find a spot with a clear view of the sky and not affected by light pollution. Warm clothing and a blanket are advisable, as nighttime temperatures can be very cold.

4 comments

1 roy o { 04.24.14 at 10:42 am }

Which direction should we be looking ?

2 Jaime McLeod { 04.22.14 at 10:40 am }

Northern, Tina.

3 Tina Ward { 04.21.14 at 5:11 pm }

Where, northern or Southern Hemisphere?

4 John Robertson { 04.21.14 at 8:46 am }

Between 2 and 5 am in Australia? Poland? Ghana?

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