Lyrid Meteor Shower

Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 05:22:02 -0700 A promising meteor shower will hit its peak tonight, lighting up the late-night sky in what could be an eye-catching end to Earth Day.

Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks April 21/22, 2012

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 06:17:05 -0700 You can take some meteor showers to the bank, like the Leonids, Perseids and Geminids. Other showers are more spikey; they can underperform one year, with just a few dozen meteors an hour, or boost up to hundreds in an hour a full on meteor storm! Our next meteor shower, the Lyrids, is one […]

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13 Responses to Lyrid Meteor Shower

    • Curator says:

      From the Northern Hemisphere starting at around 9 p.m look for the star Vega in the constellation of Lyra, or the Lyre, slightly southwest of Vega away from city lights and other light pollution and you will eventually be able to see the meteors coming into view in the the sky from that point as the Earth moves through the dust, ice and debris left over from an ancient comet.
      Vega will be more or less straight overhead by 4 a.m. but the meteors should still be coming with varying intensity. I find laying flat on my back in a lawn chair to work well. At the beginning of the evening use it like a regular chair with the back upright. As the night wears on, start laying the seat back down gradually, until it is flat. It works well. You can also lay on top of the roof of your house, or your car. Bring a blanket as it can get cold. It is hard to enjoy Nature’s show when your teeth are chattering.

  • Stc says:

    Can You Experience Lyrid Meteor Shower In Toronto? I read some other sites that there will be a meteor shower this week (Lyrid Meteor Shower ) and I want to know if I can experience the meteor shower in Toronto area.

    • Curator says:

      Absolutely. A meteor shower happens when the earth’s orbit passes through a cloud of dust (usually, at least, left over from the debris thrown off by a comet). Everywhere on earh stands a chance of seeing the shower, given the right weather, unless the cloud is very small, which ismost unusual. There should be enough of the Lyrids to go round for everyone. Your best chance is to combine the following:

      1 Get away from street lights as far as you can (meaning at least 20 miles from the edges of a big city, or at least 5 miles from any small towns with street lights, illuminated billboards, or other pollution.

      2 Do your watching in the early morning before dawn, rather than in the evening. In the evening, the dust is mainly going to hit the hemisphere of the earth below your feet. In the morning the earth is moving you directly into the dust.

      3 Find yourself somewhere comfortable to watch, so you can sit there for an hour or two. Ideally, you should be fairly flat in an area where there are no buildings, mountains, trees or other obstructions to block your view of the whole sky.

  • Angeln says:

    Can You See Lyrid Meteor Shower From Oklahoma? I’m kinda new to star watching, so finding the constellations they talk about on alot of websites is hard for me. But i was wondering if the Lyrid shower is visible from Oklahoma, the sky is crystal clear tonight, but I’m always afraid I’m out there watching the wrong direction or something! Which direction would one need to look to see the Lyrid?
    no answers yet? i wonder if everyone is already out watching it!

    • Curator says:


      The Lyrids seem to come out from the constellation Lyra. This is the same as for other showers, like Geminids seem to shoot out from Gemini.

      However, it doesn’t matter you are not familiar with the star sky, since meteors can appear on the whole sky, and it is always said just not to look straight towards that ‘source’ constellation, because less meteors appear just there!

      On the other hand, it still shall be a pleasant way if you try to recognize the constellations on our beautiful sky.

      But now, when talking about Lyrids, these are really not a big shower. (and probably also too late now, because the maximum was predicted for this morning). You better wait until the Geminids in December or the Perseids in August. Lyrids also only have a short time of appearing meteors. So, since earth is spinning, for anyone Lyra is only visible on morning skies for this time of the year. So, only for a particular person on earth, the maximum falls in his morning hours. This morning this was rather the case for the islands in the pacific ocean.

  • Spiderpig says:

    What’s The Best Place & Time In The Philippines To Check Out The Lyrid Meteor Shower? I’m from the Philippines and I don’t know what date and time of the day I should go and check the meteors (April 21 or 22 in my place?). Also, I am from Manila, so if anyone can suggest a nearby place I can go to to observe the nightsky without obstructions, that would be great.

  • Anonymous says:

    Astronomy Photography Help And Lyrid Meteor Shower? I’m trying to take some photos of constellations for Astronomy. (Ursa Major, Cygnus and Cassiopeia)
    I’m trying to get my camera to the right setting e.g aperture and shutter speed.
    What settings would be best for constellations?

    Also, what time would be best to view the Lyrid Meteor shower on 21st-23rd April?

    Thanks (:

    • Curator says:

      20 -30 seconds with an old 50mm F1.8 SLR, loaded with anything faster than ASA 400 Film, should be fine for most northern constellations. () And set the lens focus to infinity, (any autofocus should be switched off).
      Digital cameras should be set for 400 to 3200 ASA/ISO or higher (the EOS 600D goes upto ISO 12800). (digital camera video settings are the same) .

      Aperture should be fully open, but the best setting for most lenses are usually in the ‘middle’ (f5.6 for a 50mm). One stop, from fully open is a usual compromise if its a cheap lens.
      A 90mm ‘portrait lens’ is suitable for most constellations (but a 50mm will be ‘faster’) but anything larger, say, a 135mm will only capture the ‘plough’ of ursa major.

      Use a tripod, a ‘cable release’, and the ‘bulb’ setting. A beanbag can be used to rest the camera on if you don’t have a tripod, or are ‘travelling light’ to some dark site.

      If you get star trailing with constellations near the ecliptic, then use a 7 – 15 second exposure and a faster ASA.

      So choose a dark site, put a cardboard tube around the lens to stop dew and shield the lens from stray light, Place a dark sheet of card infront of the lens – — – open shutter – – – remove the card (this is to not record the shutter/tripod shake) — close shutter (or get camera to time itself). Simple.

      Exposures over 30 seconds will start to record star trails and skylight. When trying to capture meteors don’t aim directly for the radiant (although, that would make for a good image) aim slightly to the side or above to capture good meteor trails. The Lyrid meteors will appear to stream from the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra.
      (Idea: a small rotating/propeller contraption in front of the lens would be good to break up the meteor trail so you can calculate the speed).

      The meteors will likely produce/leave glowing trains behind them as they burn up. These can be observed for several seconds. Unfortunately, a gibbous Moon will wash out the fainter meteors. (Idea: worth testing a polarizing filter to darken the sky).

      And remember to take a Thermos flask, red light/torch, deckchair, warm clothes, trance music….spare camera batteries

  • Will I Be Able To See The Lyrid Meteor Shower Or Venus Move Behind The Moon? Hi, i like in the UK and i was just wondering if i would be able to watch Venus move behind the Moon and if so what time at? Also, what time is best to watch the Lyrids? Thank you 🙂

    • Curator says:

      West coast of North America can see the occultation of Venus by the moon.

      “…For sky watchers in western parts of North America, the Moon will completely eclipse Venus. The event begins just after 5 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time and lasts for more than an hour. Local details may be found here.

      LYRID METEOR SHOWER: The annual Lyrid meteor shower is underway. “I saw two bright Lyrids last night,” reports Marsha Adams of Sedona, Arizona.”They seem to start out orange and finish green.” She caught this one using a Nikon D200:..”

      I saw a bright Lyrid myself this morning, but I’m wondering if it was an erratic and not a Lyrid meteor, or just a matter of my perspective, because the meteor was moving TOWARD the radiant point, not away from it.

      Wait until Vega (Alpha Lyra) has risen above the north-east horizon to be easily visible. Meteor watching is usually best after midnight, because the Earth has rotated to meet the meteor stream head-on.

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