April’s Amazing Displays: Minimoon and April Showers

Credit NASA

April 21st is full of some wonderful astronomical events. Tonight will be the appearance of the minimoon and the peak time for the Lyrid meteor shower

The moon will be at the furthest point from the Earth, know as “apogee”. The distance is about 10,000 miles beyond the normal distance and 30,000 more miles beyond the distance during a “supermoon”.

 


By NASA/George Varros – http://www.universetoday.com/89430/the-draconid-meteor-shower-a-storm-is-coming/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16866388

The Lyrid meteor shower is usually 10 to 15 meteors per hour, but they are known for rare surges that can bring as many as 100 meteors per hour. The peak time will be in the early morning of April 22 just before dawn. Look for the brightest star, Vega, to the far north. If you live in the southern region of the hemisphere, you won’t be able to see Vega, but you may see a meteor or two shoot across the sky…assuming the bright full moon doesn’t block your view.

Source: EarthySky