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Time for the Lyrid Meteor Shower 2017

19 Apr 2017, 08:22 UTC
Time for the Lyrid Meteor Shower 2017
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Meteor watching - necessary equipment.The Lyrids are back.This year the Lyrid meteor shower is expected to peak over the next two evenings (April 22nd and 23rd). The Moon is currently in the crescent waning phase so will be well out of the way for evening meteor observing.The best time to observe the shower will be after midnight, and just before dawn. The Lyrid shower is considered to be the oldest known shower and the display that we see is thanks to dust and debris deposited by Comet Thatcher.The Lyrids are named after the constellation Lyra (the harp) and meteors will emerge close to Vega the brightest star of that constellation. In the evening skies of April the bright star Vega can clearly be seen shining in the East. Over the next couple of evenings keep a watch out towards the East, especially near the bright star of Vega. After a few minutes, hopefully you will have spotted a meteor.For spotting a meteor, the darker the observing location the better, try to get away from artificial lights.Plus no need for binoculars, the best observing aid for me has always been a comfortable folding chair and warm clothing. For some useful information ...

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