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Weekend Lyrid Meteor Shower Visible From Earth 34

jamaicaplain writes "The annual Lyrid meteor shower will hit its peak this weekend and promises to put on an eye-catching display. NASA scientists plan to track the Lyrid meteor shower using a network of all-sky cameras on Earth, as well as from a student-launched balloon in California. Meanwhile, an astronaut on the International Space Station will attempt to photograph the meteors from space."
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Weekend Lyrid Meteor Shower Visible From Earth

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  • "15 and 20 meteors per hour for observers under the best viewing conditions"

    That's kind of wimpy. Wake me up if it hits 50.

  • until lyra will be above the horizon, looks like I am going to be a) clouded out & b) asleep

    Got an early start on Sunday.

  • by RetiredMidn ( 441788 ) on Saturday April 21, 2012 @07:42AM (#39754939) Homepage
    Wait; a lot of meteors are going to burn up when they hit Earth's atmosphere and it will be visible from Earth? Who'd have thought?
  • by hihihihi ( 940800 ) on Saturday April 21, 2012 @07:47AM (#39754951)

    would someone, for the love of heavens, please explain to me why they always miss out 1 peice of info: from which location on earth and which timezone!!!!

    i think this is such 2nd or 3rd story i am getting on slashdot. everytime i went to nasa website, watch damn videos and could never understand when and where on earth (srsly no pun) can i expect it!!!

    please enlighten me if someone knows
    (at my location this time already passed 12 hours ago)

    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 21, 2012 @08:38AM (#39755119)

      From TFA (albeit about 2/3 down the page)

      Lyrid meteor skywatchers with good weather should venture outside in the late-night hours Saturday or early Sunday, preferably after midnight to catch the sky show around its peak, which occurs at 1:30 a.m. EDT (0530 GMT). You should allow up to 40 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.

      • hey AC, honest thanks for information, i looked at all places where i shouldn't had looked :)

      • Still, where?

        • by fatphil ( 181876 )
          Anywhere on earth with a view of Lyra.

          The meteors aren't aimed at a single point on earth's surface, it appears you think they are.
      • by quenda ( 644621 )

        But the GP asked where? What lattitude - can we see it from here in the south?

        which occurs at 1:30 a.m. EDT (0530 GMT).

        Thats literally the middle of the day, you insensitive clod.

    • The comet produces a band of debris. The Earth's orbit crosses the band of debris. Pretending that the band of debris is fixed, we get an Earth that is crossing through the band very, very slowly, while rotating. So, no matter where you are on Earth, your section of sky crosses through the densest part of the debris at 0100-0300. That is why they never include location, or if they do, it is location followed by GMT.

    • It's always best to view a shower after midnight local time. It's because that side of the earth is facing into the path of the earth's orbit around the sun which gives a better view.
  • "Meanwhile, an astronaut on the International Space Station will be crapping his pants over the possibility of being the lottery winner."

  • I's been cloudless for weeks here. Now a meteor shower is coming and so is the bad weather. I can't catch a break!


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