The Moon will get in the way in which of April’s Lyrid meteor bathe, but it surely’s nonetheless value scanning the sky for the prospect of fireballs.
The Lyrid meteor bathe is predicted to peak on the night time of April 21–22. Sadly, that’s not lengthy after April 19th’s full Moon, which suggests the view can be compromised by moonlight. Even so, it’s value scanning the skies for meteors. The Lyrids aren’t typically recognized for top meteor counts, normally numbering some 10–20 per hour, however fireballs have been reported previously. And there have been a couple of instances, most notably in 1922 in Poland and 1982 in North America, when the bathe produced lots of of meteors per hour. For observers within the Northern Hemisphere, the radiant, on the border between Hercules and Lyra, is low on the northeastern horizon at nightfall and continues to rise all through the night time.
Comply with the Bathe On-line
Have a spare hour? Seize a watch, clipboard, paper, and pencil and head open air. Observe your meteor sightings and report them to the International Meteor Organization (IMO). Hold a tally for at the least an hour, and attempt to decide if the meteors you have counted belong to the bathe or in the event that they’re unassociated sporadics. See the IMO Visual Observations page for extra details about counting meteors and recording your information. As meteor observers report their counts to the IMO, you possibly can watch this 12 months’s Lyrid exercise curve develop hour by hour.
Robust moonlight interferes with a variety of meteor showers this 12 months, however Sky & Telescope predicts that among the best meteor showers of the 12 months would be the Eta Aquarids, arising within the early morning hours of Could sixth. Learn extra concerning the best meteor showers in 2019 and pleased looking!
A modified model of this text first appeared within the April 2019 difficulty of Sky & Telescope.