• Tim Johnson

Lyrid Meteor Shower

Tonight (April 22) is the peak night for the Lyrid meteor shower. The best viewing will be outdoors gazing northeast, the darker the sky the better.

The numbers of meteors can range to a few an hour to a large number. There have been estimates of less than 20 meteors in an hour, but don’t count on it. Most of the meteors will appear to come from the northeast, in the vicinity of the constellation Lyra.

A gibbous moon, almost in the last quarter, will interfere when it rises after midnight.

The meteors are remnants of Comet Thatcher, a periodic comet that circles the sun every 417 years. A trail of debris follows the orbit of the comet. While the comet is too far away to observe, the earth will pass annually through the comet’s dust trail.

If you miss tonight, you still might see a meteor in the nights ahead.

 

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., April 22 5:51 7:29
Sat., April 23 5:50 7:30
Sun., April 24 5:48 7:31
Mon., April 25 5:47 7:32
Tues., April 26 5:45 7:33
Wed., April 27 5:44 7:34
Thurs., April 28 5:42 7:36
Fri., April 29 5:41 7:37

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
April 15 60 46 0.05
April 16 65 48 0.00
April 17 61 41 0.14
April 18 53 33 0.00
April 19 55 42 1.05
April 20 51 42 0.00
April 21 58 35 0.00

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 51º F

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