The Lyrid meteor shower peaks the 22nd


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The radiant point for the Lyrid shower sits just to the right of Vega, which is the brightest star in the constellation Lyra the Harp .. photo from

Aprils’s shooting stars the Lyrid meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails and lasts from about April 16 to 25.  You should be able to see about 10-12 meteors per hour at the peak, which is on the mornings of the 22nd and the 23rd.  Sometimes a rare surge will increase during the peak viewing times and you could see upwards of 100 per hour.   The radiant for the Lyrid meteor shower is near the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra.  This rises in the northeast at about 10 pm on April’s evenings.   Since we have a waxing crescent moon that will set soon after the constellation rises, it will be darker for the best viewing times.  Good places to view the lyriads are any dark area away from light pollution from cities and small towns.  The beaches are great if you are actively fishing you can stay out all night.  Delaware Seashore State Park is a good area to view.  The Delaware Bay beaches have less pollution as well, bu be mindful of the small neighborhoods there.  The next show will be May 6, 2015 before dawn, the Eta Aquarids will peak at that time.

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