Lyrids Meteor Shower 2017

Lyrids Meteor Shower Radiant

Lyrids Meteor Shower Radiant. Credit: Stellarium

The Lyrids meteor shower is a medium strength shower that typically produces good rates for three nights centered on the maximum. These meteors usually lack persistent trails, but have been known to produce fireballs. This shower is best seen from the northern hemisphere, where the radiant is high in the dawn sky. This shower can be seen from the southern hemisphere, but at a lower rate.

Waning Crescent Moon. Credit: Stellarium

Peak: April 21-22nd
Active from: April 16th to April 25th
Radiant: 18:04 +34° (see image above)
Hourly Rate: 18
Velocity: 30 miles/sec (medium - 48.4km/sec)
Parent Object: C/1861 G1 (Thatcher)

The moon will be a waning crescent, rising shortly before dawn.
Source: American Meteor Society

Meteor. Credit: Creative Commons, CC BY 3.0

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