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The annual Lyrid meteor shower has started! It’s active each year from about April 16 to 25, peaking early Saturday morning April 22nd. 


This year's second major meteor shower – the Lyrids – will radiate through the Summer Triangle*. Patient observers will be rewarded with the sight of 18 meteors per hour before dawn from a dark sky location. Since the moon will be nearly to its new moon phase, extra light won't be an issue. The actual new moon is on April 26.



Peak Viewing: April 22 during the predawn hours 


Summer Triangle in the eastern sky

*The Summer Triangle is made of the three bright stars Deneb in Cygnus (the Swan), Altair in Aquila (the Eagle), and Vega in Lyra (the Lyre, or harp). Find Vega and Lyra high in the eastern sky a few hours after midnight this month.

Unfortunately, the clouds won't cooperate with us. Clouds may be thin enough in our eastern counties that you might be able to catch a handful of meteors, but skies do look mostly cloudy for now. We will keep you posted as we get closer to the weekend.


Watch "What's Up for April 2017" below for more...

Video Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


-Rick DeLuca




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