19 April 2005

Meteor Shower

The Lyrid meteor shower should be peaking early Friday morning. There are usually 10-15 fast and relatively bright meteors per hour. The radiant is between Hercules and Lyra, so look east before dawn. However, the moon is nearly full and it will interfere with the shower.

The Lyrids is the earliest recorded meteor shower with the Chinese noting it in 687 B.C.

I also noticed that the Draconids are supposed to be worth watching this year (October 8th). The expected peak, which could possibly be a storm with 1000 meteors per hour is at 10 AM Mountain Time. Not too good if you're in Idaho, but that's 10 PM in Bishkek. :)

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