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A Brief Lyrid Meteor Shower Report

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#1 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 03:24 AM

On Monday night, I visited the York Astronomical County Society's observatory.  The YCAS was conducting a public Lyrid meteor shower watch.  I saw some carbon and multiple stars and quite a few DSOs through three different telescopes and two binoculars but missed a couple of meteors that some of the others there witnessed. 

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On the way home, I stopped at the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg's Naylor Observatory to try to catch a few Lyrids.  In two hours time, from 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. EDT (5:00 to 6:00 UT), I saw a grand total of five Lyrid meteors.  Two were fairly bright, one of them being at least 0 magnitude.  They were the first two meteors that I sighted and headed westward from the radiant.  The other three traveled northward towards Ursa Minor.

 

Moonlight was brightening the sky to a good degree by the time I took a warm-up break.  When I emerged after the break, clouds were beginning to cover the sky so I left shortly afterwards.

 

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 03:38 AM

I saw several this evening in the suburban backyard while doing some drift timing tests.  They were short and relatively fast.  One was a beauty that grew brighter, dimmed then flashed brighter before being spent. 


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Posted 23 April 2019 - 08:45 AM

While my current bout with bronchitis means I can't spend any real time outside at night -- 

 

Last night (4/22/19), around 10:15 PM EDT - I stepped out on my back deck to see about 2/3 of the sky dark and clear. As soon as I stepped out a nice Lyrid streaked thru Leo, etc. I was very lucky!

 

Around midnight I watched the gibbous moon and Jupiter rise above the ridge line to my East - a little below a lit-up cloud bank - way to bright to see any more Lyrids.



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Posted 23 April 2019 - 09:39 AM

Cloudy here last night, and raining. No Lyrids for me this year. bawling.gif



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Posted 24 April 2019 - 07:23 AM

I caught a real good one in Moab this year.4-21-2019, 9:17 P.M. Mountain Standard Time. It streaked from East to West leaving a smoke trail behind it. It was a nice yellow color and I didnt think it was going to end!


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Posted 24 April 2019 - 09:33 AM

Skies cleared late Monday night and I got about an hour before the moon came up. I only

saw two weak Lyrids.



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Posted 25 April 2019 - 04:54 PM

Saw at least one Lyrid last night around 23:00, in addition to a couple of other strays. 

The Lyrid appeared to be travelling substantially slower than a typical Perseid. It was about as bright as Spica. It travelled an estimated 15-20 degrees.



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Posted 03 May 2019 - 05:10 AM

Had a very-late-for-the-show Lyrid show up early in the evening tonight.  It was another slow mover, but it was very bright in Bortle 2/3 conditions, perhaps approaching the magnitude of Venus as it fragmented low along the northeast horizon at about 10:30 pm local.  Definitely brighter than Jupiter.  The trail didn't last long, but I could track the meteor through and past the main girth of a massive pine.




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