April’s Lyrid Meteor Bathe – Sky & Telescope
The Moon will get in the best way of April’s Lyrid meteor bathe, however it’s nonetheless value scanning the sky for the prospect of fireballs. The Lyrid meteor bathe is predicted to peak on the evening of April 21–22. Sadly, that’s not lengthy after April 19th’s full Moon, which suggests the view can be compromised
The Moon will get in the best way of April’s Lyrid meteor bathe, however it’s nonetheless value scanning the sky for the prospect of fireballs.
The Lyrid meteor bathe is predicted to peak on the evening of April 21–22. Sadly, that’s not lengthy after April 19th’s full Moon, which suggests the view can be compromised by moonlight. Even so, it’s value scanning the skies for meteors. The Lyrids aren’t usually recognized for top meteor counts, normally numbering some 10–20 per hour, however fireballs have been reported previously. And there have been a number of occasions, most notably in 1922 in Poland and 1982 in North America, when the bathe produced a whole bunch of meteors per hour. For observers within the Northern Hemisphere, the radiant, on the border between Hercules and Lyra, is low on the northeastern horizon at nightfall and continues to rise all through the evening.
Lyrid meteors can seem wherever within the sky. If you happen to can hint a meteor’s observe again to an obvious level of origin close to Vega in Lyra, you will know you have noticed a Lyrid.
Comply with the Bathe On-line
Have a spare hour? Seize a watch, clipboard, paper, and pencil and head outside. Observe your meteor sightings and report them to the Worldwide Meteor Group (IMO). Preserve a tally for at the least an hour, and attempt to decide if the meteors you have counted belong to the bathe or in the event that they’re unassociated sporadics. See the IMO Visible Observations web page for extra details about counting meteors and recording your information. As meteor observers report their counts to the IMO, you’ll be able to watch this 12 months’s Lyrid exercise curve develop hour by hour.
Robust moonlight interferes with numerous meteor showers this 12 months, however Sky & Telescope predicts that the most effective meteor showers of the 12 months would be the Eta Aquarids, developing within the early morning hours of Might sixth. Learn extra about one of the best meteor showers in 2019 and glad looking!
A modified model of this text first appeared within the April 2019 difficulty of Sky & Telescope.