All text and images in this article courtesy of Lincoln Eiley of Corozal Realty.

The predicted peak night for the 2013 Lyrid meteor shower is before dawn on April 22. Will you see meteors on that night, the night until before dawn April 23? Maybe. Try watching from late night Monday (April 22) until dawn Tuesday (April 23). The main problem: there’s lots of moonlight on this night. Usually, the hour before dawn is best, regardless of your location on the globe. The Lyrids are generally a modest shower, offering perhaps 10 to 20 meteors per hour in a dark, moonless sky. What, no meteors? No problem. Use your time outdoors to check out the constellation Lyra the Harp. The radiant point for tonight's Lyrid meteor shower is near the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra. They rise in the northeast in late evening in April. EarthSky’s top 10 tips for meteor-watchers

This image shows the constellation Lyra the Harp, radiant point for the Lyrid meteor shower. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, Lyra rises over your north-northeastern horizon around 10 p.m. tonight. What is a radiant point? If you see a meteor tonight, you can trace its path backwards to find that it radiated from the constellation Lyra. Yet you don’t have to know how to identify Lyra – or even know its direction in the sky – to see a meteor in this annual shower. Meteors often don’t become visible until they are 30 degrees or so from their radiant point. In other words, the meteors will appear in any and all parts of the sky after Lyra ascends over the horizon in late evening.

It’s fun to find a meteor shower’s radiant point, though, and Lyra is easy to spot. The constellation Lyra is easy to see because it’s small and compact. Many people see it as a little triangle set on top of an oblique parallelogram.



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