Monday, April 9, 2012

HOW TO WATCH THE 2012 LYRIDS METEOR SHOWER



This is a quick field guide to watching the THE LYRIDS METEOR SHOWER
You can download the PDF by clicking on the image... print it off and take it into the field with you.


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ABOUT THE SHOWER

Shower activity will occur  starting April 16th through 25th. The shower will climb to a fairly sharp peak on the the nights of April 21 and 22.  With a New Moon on the 21st, observers should typically see about 20 meteors per hour, although rates have been seen as high as 90 per hour.


BEST TIME TO VIEW
Best time to watch the shower will start as soon as the sky is dark in your Northern Hemisphere location.  Look low along the North East horizon on the 21st as the radiant sweeps up to an almost overhead position on the morning of the 22nd.  This will repeat again on the evening of the 22nd throught the morning of the 23rd.


OBSERVING
You'll want to be in a spot where the sky is DARK, so if you live in a city head to a rural northern location that is away from most light pollution.  Setup a lawn chair and lie back into a warm sleeping bag with your toes pointing towards the showers radiant giving your head a wide rage of visibility.  The meteors will generally be all over the sky, but mostly concentrated and moving outward from the radiant.

THINGS TO HAVE
I like to keep a log book, my smart phone, thermos of hot coco and a good pair of binoculars while I watch for meteors.

ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY
If you plan on photographing the event, make sure you watch my video on how to TIME LAPSE this meteor shower.  http://youtu.be/Wjcp5YEGQnU

Hope this is a help to you... I love hear the comments and suggestions so pour them on.
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