Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Lyrid Meteor Shower

I am looking forward to watching the meteor shower tonight with Ling. Hopefully we'd be able to get a decent viewing from where we'd be. The Lyrid meteor shower is the oldest known and probably the most famous meteor shower that exist, about 2600 years ago was when it was 1st recorded. Look to the northeast to find the meteors appearing to radiate out of the constellation of Lyra the harp. And no, you do not need to use a bino to watch it. Though I may be bringing my telescope down to watch the eclipse of Venus. The source of the meteor shower is Comet Thatcher. Every year in late April, Earth passes through the comet's trail of debris. Another interesting thing tonight would be the eclipse of the second brightest object in the night sky by the brightest night time object. Yes, the moon will cover Venus for about an hour or so. So if you're awake at those wee hours of the morning, you can join me and Ling and enjoy one of the greatest shows created by the Almighty God. And you don't have to pay a cent for it. http://wowzaweb.streamguys.com/~spaceweather/ You can listen to it here 'live' too! Enjoy!

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