Lyrid Meteor Shower Peak

Dear Friend,

Praised be Jesus and Mary!

The Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks tonight (April 21 evening to April 22 pre-dawn) according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The Moon is bright and yellowish right now (April 22, 01:35am). It is up there washing out fainter stars and meteors. But, do not worry. The Night Sky 2 app says in its forecast that there will be a clear sky for viewing. We will have our viewing time before dawn after the Moon sets. After posting this, I wish I can sleep soon so that I can wake up around 4:00 or 4:30 in the morning.

I got this map from PAGASA website. Here:

EasternSky_April2

PAGASA explains,

The Lyrids meteor shower has been observed for more than 2,600 years. Chinese records show that “stars fell like rain” during the meteor shower of 687 B.C. However, in recent times, the Lyrids have generally been weak. The shower typically generates a dozen meteors per hour under optimal conditions with a brief maximum that lasts for less than a day.”

It doesn’t matter if it is few. I am always awed by the beauty of the night sky, especially stars and meteors. God’s creation is indeed the best!

Love,

Kristine G. Veneracion.

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