Fwd = [MeteorShowers] Comet Ikeya-Zhang and the Lyrids
- Forwarded by: fwestra@... (Frits Westra)
Originally from: "starwanderer.geo" <starparty@...>
Original Subject: [MeteorShowers] Comet Ikeya-Zhang and the Lyrids
Original Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2002 04:53:43 -0000
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I'd normally wait until later in the month to send out this message
about the Lyrids, but I wanted to alert you to a rare visitor to our
skies, Comet Ikeya-Zhang.
Ikeya-Zhang is a comet that you can spot from dark skies with your
naked eye, but it's even better in binoculars if you have some. For
those of us in the northern hemisphere, Ikeya-Zhang can been seen low
in the NW about the time Venus is setting. Venus will be the
brightest object you can see in the west. Look for a fuzzy patch of
light to the right and a bit above Venus. I've created a JPG of the
sky surrounding the comet as it will appear tomorrow evening for
someone near 35 degrees north latitude. You can find this image at:
Just go to the page and click on the Current Visible Comets link.
I'll update the image often during the next few weeks.
April has one major meteor shower, the Lyrids. This year the Lyrids
are scheduled to peak on Monday morning, April 22nd and the best
viewing time for this shower will be between the hours of moonset and
The radiant of the shower is still fairly low at midnight and it will
rise higher in the northeastern sky as dawn approaches. With this
shower, you will want to skip observing on Sunday night and arise two
or three hours before dawn on Monday. Find yourself a comfortable
chair and look toward the northeastern sky. Although Lyrids can
appear anywhere in the sky, most of the activity from this shower
will probably be concentrated in the northeast.
2002 is a fairly good year for the Lyrids despite the phase of the
Moon. The Moon will be 74% illuminated and it will not set until a
few hours before dawn, but the radiant for this shower rises late and
it is only at its best during the few hours before dawn anyway and by
that time the Moon will have set.
Shortcut URL to the group page:
Shortcut URL to the Meteor Showers in 2002 page:
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