The Lyrids are almost here! It’s been a long 3 months since there has been a meteor shower to write home about. This weekend the condition will be perfect! As long as you have clear skies, viewing these meteors won’t be hard at all. The shower will peak Saturday night April 21st into the morning hours of April 22nd. If you can pull an “all night ‘r” I suggest you do it that night.. If the forecast isn’t looking good for your area, try to view the shower the night before, there will still be meteors as the shower starts on the 16th and ending on the 24th of april.
I have seen and heard reports of some fireballs in the evening as the radiant breeches the horizon. Look for the bright fireballs between 8pm and 10pm.
Expect 15-20 meteors per hour. In years past, there have been records of the shower going crazy peaking over 100 meteors per hour. We don’t know what it will be like this year until it’s over. This year, I will be perched up into the mountains high above light pollution. I’m hoping for clear skies!
I have just released my first two nighttime / meteor shower workshops for 2012. The First is the annual Lyrid Meteor Shower, our destination is Shenandoah Naitonal Park, in Virginia. The second, is the Orionid Meteor Shower in October 2012 at Acadia National Park, in Maine.