Lyrid Meteor Shower (April 19-21, 2013)

The 2013 Lyrid meteor shower is active each year from about April 16-25, and we’re now approaching the peak of this shower. The peak night for the Lyrid meteor shower will probably be the night of April 21-22 (late night April 21 to dawn April 22).

This modest shower often offers no more than 10 to 20 meteors per hour at its peak, but it has been known to have bursts of activity.

The most meteors tend to fly in the wee hours before dawn. The optimal viewing time for watching these meteors is from about 2 a.m. local time (3 a.m. local daylight saving time) until dawn’s first light. The moon will set a few hours before dawn throughout this weekend, leaving a dark sky for observing these fast-moving and sometimes surprisingly bright meteors.

Photo taken on the morning of April 19, 2013, Las Cruces, NM. Meteor to the far left, Panstarrs Comet faintly in the middle. Image credit: John Bozzell

Photo taken on the morning of April 19, 2013, Las Cruces, NM.
Meteor to the far left, Panstarrs Comet faintly in the middle.
Image credit: John Bozzell

Source: http://earthsky.org/tonight/lyrid-meteors-increase-while-moon-waxes-throughout-weekend

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About ~ wolfrayetstar

Science enthusiast and visual artist - hobbyist. Begginer in astrophotography and huge fan of nerdy jokes.
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