Monday, April 21, 2014

Eyes on the Stars

WishYouWerent-ShootingStarYou may have guessed, based on the topic of WISH YOU WEREN'T: I'm a fan of meteor showers. And as luck would have it, there's a good one tonight!

The Lyrid meteor shower is a bright one, which is good since the moon is still pretty big. The comets will look like they're coming from Vega (part of the Lyra constellation), but really, they're coming from the tail of the Comet Thatcher. (But Lyrid meteor shower sounds so much better than Thatcher meteor shower, don't you think?)

 The meteor shower will peak between midnight and sunrise and if you're in a remote area away from city lights, you should be able to see as many as 20 comets per hour. But if you miss it tonight, don't worry. They should be visible through the 25th of April. NASA also plans to do a livestream for people who are unable to see it where they live.

So will I be dragging my kids out to see the shooting stars tonight? Making wishes? What do you think ;-)


Tiana Smith said...

Ooh, I'll have to watch it!

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Ooh, thanks for the info! Love meteor showers. I'll definitely have to remember it tonight.

Kelly Polark said...

How did it go??

Sherrie Petersen said...

Tiana & Sheri: Hope you got out there to see it!

Kelly: It was a beautiful clear night and I actually stayed awake long enough to see more than one shooting star :)

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