Image Credit & Copyright: Jeff Berkes.
The 2015 meteor shower season kicks off this month with the oldest known meteor shower; the Lyrids. Peak viewing will be on the night of Wednesday the 22nd and the morning of Thursday the 23rd before sunrise. Peak rate this year will be a modest 20-ish per hour but the 15% waxing crescent Moon will have little to no impact so with patience, the show could be promising. With the name Lyrids, you will obviously want to look in the general direction of the constellation Lyra and the parent body of this event is caused by Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. As always, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Peak might be 22/23 but active dates range from the 16th to the 25th so if it’s clear, have a look!
Peak night is usually a given night and next morning with the “next morning” being the absolute best time to watch. In fact the closer to morning twilight you can get, the better…..here’s why. If you view the solar system from the top, planets orbit the Sun in a counter clockwise motion, we also rotate in a counter clockwise motion. That means just before sunrise the Earth is pointed in the direction of travel of the Earth itself and meteors are mere “bugs (Or if you prefer; “snowflakes”) hitting the windshield” of Spaceship Earth. For more info on this shower hit the link: http://danspace77.com/2015-meteor-showers/
RADIANT POINT: Constellation Lyra.
ACTIVE DATES: Active dates will range from Thursday the 16th to Saturday the 25th so if it’s clear, have a look!
PEAK DATES: Peak night falls on Wednesday the 22nd and the morning of Thursday the 23rd before sunrise.
PEAK HOURLY RATE: 20-30 per hour.
MOON IMPACT: Minimal and in its waxing crescent phase.
PARENT BODY: Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher.
HEMISPHERE FAVORED: Northern hemisphere.
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