April’s Lyrids Kick Off the 2015 Meteor Shower Season



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…

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