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It’s Time for Lyrids.

20 Apr

..the lyrids are about to peak tomorrow night so I thought I would pop on and let people know in case they were interested. There has not been many chances to see meteors since last fall ( or at least many good ones ) and with no moon it is perfect conditions for meteor watching:

April 22, 2012 Lyrids
The Lyrid meteors – April’s “shooting stars” – tend to be bright and often leave trails. About 10-20 meteors per hour at peak can be expected. Plus, the Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour. Those rare outbursts are not easy to predict, but they’re one of the reasons the tantalizing Lyrids are worth checking out. The radiant for this shower is in the constellation Lyra, which rises in the northeast at about 10 p.m. Fortunately, in 2012, the new moon guarantees a dark sky in the late night and morning hours, the best time to watch the Lyrid shower. As a general rule, the greatest number of Lyrid meteors fall in the dark hours before dawn. The optimal night will probably be from late night April 21 until dawn April 22, though the night before or after (April 21/22 and April 22/23) may also offer a sprinkling of Lyrid meteors. With no moon to obscure this year’s display, we are assured of dark skies for the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower! ( http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide)

..so get a couple of blankets, a comfy chair, beer and go take a look..(I find beer goggles make the meteor showers appear more attractive)

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4 Comments

Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Construction

 

4 responses to “It’s Time for Lyrids.

  1. kymber

    April 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    thanks for the reminder! we’ll be in the hottub enjoying the Lyrids!

    your friend,
    kymber

     
  2. John Delp

    April 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Damn! I was all excited to go out and watch the show, until I read the comment about the hot tub. Now I feel like I’ll only be getting half the experience! I’ll just have to substitute blackberry wine for a hot tub…

     
    • eagergridlessbeaver

      April 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      A good sub..if you don’t have a hottub might as well soak your envy in booze! Hehe

       
  3. kymber

    April 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    John – i am so sorry for wrecking your experience by mentioning the hottub! just forget about the hottub! and do not think about us getting in the hottub in about 20 mins to enjoy the Lyrids – just get yourself some blackberry wine….and ugh – is it home-made? i will cry if you say it is!

     

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