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What are those lights in the night sky?

Lyrid meteor shower visible to Central Texans (from the Austin American Statesman and Sky and Telescope) Central Texas should see quite a few meteors over the next few days during the annual Lyrid meteor shower, said Bob Rose, a meteorologist with the Lower Colorado River Authority. Rose said the shower is named Lyrid after the star, Lyra, which is the point where most of the meteors seem to fall near. He said the shower will peak early Wednesday morning, two to three hours before dawn, when about 10 to 20 meteors will fall every hour. Lyra is easy to find because it's marked by the brilliant blue-white star Vega. Vega ranks fifth brightest of all nighttime stars. It's best to view meteor showers without optical aid. Viewers should use just their eyes, so as not to restrict the field of view. Before midnight, face eastward, and look about halfway up. After midnight, looking overhead will probably net you the most meteors. Astronomy magazine has more on the Lyrid shower here. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @ Alex_Austin



 
04/21/2009 4:55AM
What are those lights in the night sky?
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