The Lyrid meteor shower is tonight, here’s how to make the most of it

Apr 22, 2016

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

The Lyrid meteor shower is tonight, here’s how to make the most of it

Apr 22, 2016

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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Tonight, the Lyrid meteor shower will be taking place. They might not be as powerful as the Perseids or Quadrantids, but the Lyrids always have the potential to put on a show for astrophotographers of all experience levels.

According to the American Meteor Society, the Lyrids ‘are a medium strength shower that usually produces good rates for three nights centered on the maximum.’ Most of the activity is best viewed from the northern hemisphere, but can sometimes be seen from the southern hemisphere as well.

The meteors, which will shoot across the sky at roughly 30 miles per second, are the result of debris that has become dislodged from Comet C/1861 G1, more affectionately referred to as Thatcher.

Tonight, the first night of the shower, will produce the strongest showing. However, there’s a good chance you could also catch a few meteors throughout the remainder of the weekend.

The meteors themselves will likely come from the direction of Lyra, the the constellation that inspires the name of tonight’s shower. As pointed out by Gizmodo though, the moonlight tonight will likely drown out much of the initial burst of the meteors.

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Thus, the best bet will be to keep an eye out slightly outwards of where Lyra is located.


Image credits: Lyrid Meteor by John Flannery used under CC BY-SA 2.0 and Lyrid by Bruce McClure and Joni Hall used under CC BY-SA 3.0

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Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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