In 2018, April 22 is the peak morning. The moon, near the 1st quarter phase, is out of the way. Expect 10 to 20 meteors per hour at the peak.
Lyrids and others via NASA/MSFC/D. Moser
You don’t need to find the radiant to see the meteors. But it’s fun to spot, near the bright star Vega.
Lyrid meteors radiate from near the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp.
A beautiful chart from astronomer Guy Ottewell, showing the evening sky on Astronomy Day 2018. Plus links to Astronomy Day events and other info.
What’s the latest date that measurable snow has fallen in different parts of the United States? Check this interactive map from NOAA to find your record latest snow.
Go to interactive map. Image via NOAA.
This 1st quarter moon will offer gorgeous telescopic views for those taking part in Astronomy Day. Then it’ll conveniently set, leaving the sky dark for this weekend’s Lyrid meteors.
Elizabeth Worthy Clark caught the first quarter moon as it was setting on February 23.
It was thought Mars’ 2 small moons – Phobos and Deimos – might be captured asteroids. But new work suggests a violent birth for the moons during a colossal impact.
Simulated view of a small body ramming into Mars, kicking up debris that eventually formed its 2 small moons. Image via Robin Canup/SWRI.
“It’s the beginning of a new era of exoplanet research.”
Humans have been speculating about their existence for thousands of years, but ours is the 1st generation to know, with certainty, that exoplanets are really out there.
This rocky super-Earth is an illustration of the type of planets future telescopes, like TESS and James Webb, hope to find outside our solar system. Image via ESO/M. Kornmesser
Wonderful photos from the EarthSky community of the moon’s sweep this week past the brightest planet, Venus.
Steve Browne wrote, "Peek-a-boo, I see you. The moon and Venus hiding in the trees." Morehead City, North Carolina, April 17, 2018.