Quick Look At The 2013 Lyrid Meteors

Mark Lissick of Hope Valley, Calif. captured three meteors – the one at lower left a probable Lyrid – in 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.

6 Responses

  1. milayla

    Hi bob when is the best time for me too go out? I missed last night my alarm never went off ughh lmao

    1. astrobob

      You could try anytime between midnight and dawn. The moon will be out the entire time now and will lighten up the sky.

  2. Edward M. Boll

    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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