Lyrid Meteor Shower

Lyrid Meteor Shower
MGN Online
Weather Talk
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 11:51pm

If you enjoy stargazing, then you will enjoy a multi-day meteor shower call the Lyrid Meteor shower.

Earth is approaching a stream of debris from ancient Comet Thatcher.  Normally, this meteor shower, which lasts several days, is mild, averaging 10-20 meteors per hour.  Filaments of dust in the comet's tail sometimes trigger outbursts ten times stronger.   Forecasters expect this year's peak, however strong it may be, to occur on April 22nd, in the early morning hours of Tuesday.

Sadly, the Valley may not get a good view of the peak because of the mostly cloudy skies and fog.  The good news is that the meteor shower will be visible early Wednesday and Thursday mornings as well.  On those mornings, the skies should be fair.  For my forecast, click here..

The Comet Thatcher came close to Earth in 1861.  The oldest known records of this event go back to 330 BC. Look to your East and North to get the best view.

The meteors will appear to radiate from the constellation Lyra (mythologically known as the harp or vulture) in the East-Northeast sky, marked by the bright bluish star Vega.  Any sky app such as Apple iPhone Star Walk, Android Google Sky, and Android Star Chart App can be used to find the constellation in the sky that the meteors will radiate from, known as the radiant.

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