Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012

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Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012

Post by autumnstars » Apr 20 2012 7:10 am

Does everyone else have grand plans for the meteor shower the next few nights?
With a new moon, conditions will be perfect for the best viewing possible.
We are planning to go out to the Kelso Dunes, which isn't too far, but far enough to be dark.
Will be my first meteor shower where it's not freezing cold! :)
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Re: Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012

Post by azbackpackr » Apr 20 2012 9:00 am

I wonder if it is viewable in Costa Rica? I could just go out on the beach, if it's not cloudy. We are coming into the rainy season, and there have been a lot of clouds lately.
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Re: Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012

Post by PatrickL » Apr 20 2012 5:08 pm

I wish I didn't have to work the following morning, otherwise I'd go all out for this. I'll see if I can catch some on Saturday night.

Thanks for the reminder.

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Re: Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012

Post by autumnstars » Apr 24 2012 10:32 pm

Well, a disappointing showing for us.
But the stars were amazing, so it was nice to lay in my sleeping bag looking for meteors.
Hope the next one will be a bit better, but still a fun excuse to drive to the dunes and stay up all night. :)
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Re: Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012

Post by SkyIslander18 » Apr 24 2012 10:49 pm

autumnstars wrote:Well, a disappointing showing for us.
But the stars were amazing, so it was nice to lay in my sleeping bag looking for meteors.
Hope the next one will be a bit better, but still a fun excuse to drive to the dunes and stay up all night. :)
Same here, spent 6 hours out at Roper Lake State Park and was disappointed with the shower (only saw 2), but it was nice lying in the lounger all night staring at the stars in the very cool temps!

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Re: Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012

Post by azbackpackr » Apr 25 2012 2:56 am

Only two? That's fewer than I would normally see on an ordinary summer night. I'd say it was a no-show. You are going to see at least 3 to 5 meteors per hour on any night of the year, if you're in very dark clear area. I always do see about that many, (if I can stay awake! How do you stay awake?) An online science encyclopedia says it's an average of 5 per hour. A friend of mine told me that there is a way to identify a sporadic meteor from one belonging to a specific shower such as Lyrids. It has to do with the time, area of sky, and projectory of the meteor. Peak night for Lyrids was April 21, was supposed to be 10 to 20 per hour. So, I'd say you missed the show and that what you were seeing were ordinary sporadics.
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Re: Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012

Post by Jim_H » Apr 25 2012 8:09 am

Hey, I saw a few on Saturday evening coming down from Mt Lemmon. What do you know.
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