Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Shooting stars of the 2013 Lyrids expected peak later this week.
Norcross astronomers and sky gazers, it's time to prepare for another meteor shower. The skies have been largely empty of visible meteor showers since the Quadrantids of early January, but the shooting stars of the Lyrids have been a reliable spectacle for some 2,600 years. The Lyrid meteor shower is expected to make its 2013 debut this week. The Lyrids meteor shower peaks in 2013 on April 21 and 22, but some meteors may be visible beginning April 16. You can see what to look for in this video of the Lyrid meteor shower. Or check out photos of the Lyrids. And these charts of the Lyrids may help you locate the shooting stars. The Lyrids tend to be bright and often leave trails and tend to peak at about 10-20 meteors per hour. One of the …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Check out when's the best time to watch it and where to look.
From Naugatuck Patch The Quadrantid meteor shower is named for an extinct constellation, but the shooting stars that seem to sprout from it still arrive yearly, and the opening of the 2013 show will begin overnight Jan. 1 into Jan. 2. The Quadrantids is one of the lesser-known meteor showers of the year, but that doesn't mean it's anything less than spectacular. Take a look at this Quadrantids meteor shower video or these pictures of the Quadrantids. While the shower begins overnight on the first day of the new year, NASA tells us Quadrantid meteor shower peaks in the wee morning hours of Jan. 4: "[T]he Quadrantids have a maximum rate of about 100 per hour, varying between 60-200. The waxing gibbous moon will set around 3 a.m. local time, …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The shower is predicted to be visible early tomorrow morning.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
After midnight tonight a meteor shower may appear in the Norcross sky, according to the publication EarthSky. “If the peak happens as predicted – at 7 to 8 hours Universal Time – that means eastern North America might be in a good position to watch the 2012 Quadrantid shower,” the article stated, adding that predicting the showers is not easy. The Quadrantids can produce over 100 meteors per hour, peaking over a few hours—but that peak is also hard to predict. The Quadrantid meteor shower is predicted to peak after midnight, according to the science advocacy publication, and the best time for viewing is around 3 a.m. local time, when the moon sets. The publication recommends check out some resources to find out exactly when the moon …
Friday, May 6, 2011
Eta Aquarids meteor shower will happen late Friday night/early Saturday morning.
If you gaze up at the cosmos on Saturday morning in the wee hours—or Friday very late, depending on how you look at it--you may see a meteor shoot through the sky. The Eta Aquarids meteor shower will take place take place between 3:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, according to Daniel Herron of the Atlanta Astronomy Club. Each year two showers occur when dust particles from Haley’s Comet pass by the earth. “It takes a bit of commitment to be up at that time, for sure,” said Herron, but for him it is worth the theatrics. He said that the Meteorological Survey estimates that 10 to 12 meteors will be visible per hour, which will give a good chance for seeing a show. The meteors will appear near the constellation Aquarius. The darkest …