Title: Lyrid Meteor Shower
Location: Hawaiian Island Viewing
Date / Time: April 21 - 22
Comments: The Lyrid meteor shower peaks overnight from Saturday April 21st thru Sunday the 22nd, with the best observing between midnight & dawn on Sunday morning the 22nd. With no Moon in the sky, viewing conditions should be excellent! Under a clear, dark sky, observers can expect to see about 20 meteors/hour at the peak. The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Lyra, just to the right of Vega, the 5th brightest star in our sky. Lyra (the Lyre or Harp), appears in the northeastern sky in the late evening, & passes nearly over-head shortly before dawn. It's from the constellation Lyra that the Lyrid meteor shower takes its name. You DO NOT need a telescope or binoculars to see this, or any meteor shower. Just make sure you are warm & comfortable, (a lounge chair with blankets & a thermos with a hot beverage would be great), find a dark spot, & scan the sky for streaks of light! Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes thru the path of a comet. The tiny bits of debris left behind by comets, most no larger than a grain of sand, create a spectacular light show as they enter (& burn up) in Earth's atmosphere. The parent comet of the Lyrids is known as C/1861 Thatcher. According to NASA scientists, the Lyrids have been observed in the night sky during mid-April for at least 2,500 years.

Maintained by Roz Reiner - Kauai, Hawaii

 

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