Quick look at the 2013 Lyrid meteors

Mark Lissick of Hope Valley, Calif. captured three meteors Рthe one at lower left a probable Lyrid Рin an exposure made early this morning after moonset. The other two are  random or sporadic meteors. Details: 19mm lens, 25 seconds, f,/2.8, ISO 3200. Credit: Mark Lissick

I hope you got some meteors under your belts this morning. Early results for the Lyrid meteor shower show numbers increasing toward a peak late last night. The last data point in the International Meteor Organization’s activity graph indicates about 26 per hour were seen around 11 p.m. Central Time April 21. Maximum may have happened sometime after that, but we won’t know until more observations are in.

Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, which operates a series of meteor-watching cameras called the All-sky Fireball Network, reports that 21 Lyrid fireballs were recorded. He offers that activity may continue into tonight, so if your weather didn’t cooperate this morning, consider a second look.

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My name is Bob King and I work at the Duluth News Tribune in Duluth, Minn. as a photographer and photo editor. I'm also an amateur astronomer and have been keen on the sky since age 11. My modest credentials include membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) where I'm a regular contributor, International Meteorite Collectors Assn. and Arrowhead Astronomical Society. I also teach community education astronomy classes at our local planetarium.

6 thoughts on “Quick look at the 2013 Lyrid meteors

  1. It is hard to believe. My car doors were froze shut again. I saw the Moon out of my west window so I grabbed my binoculars and had to look for meteors and Pandtaars from my yard. I had wanted to drive out into the country. The stars were pretty but that is all I saw. Lemmon had not risen yet. When I did get a car door open I had to drive to get the School Bus.

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