Cool Celestial Events this week!

Published April 22, 2013 by jnaomiay

If you’re like me and prefer to sleep at night, then you missed the peak of the annual Lyrid Meteor Shower which occurred in the dark hours of this morning.  The Lyrid shower is named after the constellation Lyra where it appears the meteors are coming from.  Actually, they’re not.  They’re just dusty debris left over from the Comet Thatcher.  The shower will continue until around April 26 with viewing options to include 10 – 20 meteors per hour.   The best way to view the shower is on your back.

Don’t worry if you miss it this week, it’ll be around next year at the same time.  How do I know this?  It’s only be going on for more than 2,600 years.

Coincidentally or not, a partial lunar eclipse will also occur this week on Thursday, April 25.  Just an FYI, this is not a pic of a meteor shower, just a cool snap from the Hubble that I happen to like.

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