View Full Version : Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks April 21-22

2013-Apr-16, 04:31 PM
The annual Lyrid Meteor Shower should begin tonight and last about ten days. The peak is expected during the night of April 21-22. The radiant is near the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra. The Lyrids are remnants of the comet C/1861 G1 (Thatcher).

Meteors are equally likely to be seen anywhere in the sky, but their tails point back toward the radiant. This month Vega rises around 20 hr local daylight time. The shower should be prominent from that time until morning twilight.

During the peak night of April 21-22 the 85% illuminated waxing gibbous Moon will set around 4 hr local daylight time. Thatís not really too close to the Full Moon oppositional flash that some in the media are concerned might interfere with observation. The peak local observation rate is usually around ten per hour. Last year a Lyrid bolide (extremely bright meteor) produced a sonic boom and shook buildings in the western USA.

Iíve created a schedule for major meteor showers during this decade. It includes Moon illumination information. It can be seen at www.CurtRenz.com/asteroids

Descriptions and perhaps lucky photos of the meteors would be welcome additions to this thread.