Ole C. Salomonsen: Celestial Lights and a meteor shower
prepare for Mother Nature at her best. Turn up your sound.
Tonight and Sunday night the Lyrid Meteor Shower should dominate the sky, weather permitting. There is a new moon so no full moon to contend with.
LYRID METEOR SHOWER: The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend on the night of April 21-22 when Earth passes through a stream of debris from ancient Comet Thatcher. Usually the shower is mild (10-20 meteors per hour) but unmapped filaments of dust in the comet’s tail sometimes trigger outbursts ten times stronger. This year’s peak coincides with a new Moon, which has prompted NASA to attempt an unusual 3D meteor photography experiment.