WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 – Tonight the Lyrid meteor shower is expected to be at its peak and skygazers can see as many as 20 meteors per hour as it picks in the early morning hours. The most meteors will be seen just before predawn on the Thursday, April 23.
The meteor shower earns its name due to its radiant point just to right blue-white star Vega, which is the brightest light in the constellation Lyra the Harp.
Don’t worry about finding the constellation, meteors will be seen throughout the sky.
However, knowing the rising time of the radiant point helps you know when the shower is best in your sky which is between 9 and 10pm your local time..
The higher Vega climbs into the sky, the more meteors that you are likely to see. By midnight, Vega is high enough in the sky that meteors should be visible, however it is the pre-dawn hours when Vega is most radiant and meteors most numerous.
The Lyrid meteor shower is the debris from the Comet Thatcher, the “parent” of the Lyrid meteors. Coment Thatcher is a fragile icy body that trails its with debris that enter Earth’s atmosphere, spreading out and, as they grow hot through friction, become visible.
With a crescent moon, we should expect dark skies and excellent viewing. Lets hope for clear skies.
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We will be viewing from West Virginia mountains and are hoping for a good night of meteor viewing. Predictions are for a clear night tonight.
For more information on the Lyrid Meteor Shower visit our source for the skies, EarthSky.Org