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  Europe | Germany  
Visibility: Low visibility
     

Best time to observe:
11:30pm - 04:30am (CET)

On: April 21-22, 2013
Shower rate:
5-20 per hour
Time Zone:
UTC/GMT +1 hour

While expected rates in your location may be high, several factors such as light, the moon, and cloud cover may interfere.

 

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Moon Forecast: New Moon Phase

Moon phase is fair for gazing at the Lyrids meteor shower. The peak of this shower coincides with the Waxing Gibbous Moon, so the moonlight may wash away the faintest Lyrids meteors.
   

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Where to look up at the sky
 

The 2013 Lyrids meteor shower is expected to put on a humble show at best. However, the Lyrids have been known to surprise on rare occasions, having outbursts of up to 60 meteors an hour. This year, a New Moon moon is slated to create less than desired circumstances for those observing the annual meteor shower, but if you’ve been craving a celestial event since the Quadrantids in January, you may be pleased after viewing just a few meteors in the night sky.

For the best viewing experience, find an area unobstructed by structures and that is far away from city lights. Using binoculars or telescopes is not recommended; you’ll be more likely to miss a shooting star whizzing by. Once you have settled down at your observation spot, face toward the northeastern portion of the sky. Meteors will appear to originate from a point (the radiant) in the sky within close proximity to the constellation Lyra. Similarly, this is where the Lyrids get their names.

On average, and under clear skies, observers should see 5 to 15 meteors per hour; but rarely these rates can exceed up to 20 meteors per hour in rural locations. During ideal conditions, the Lyrids meteor shower should be a pleasant viewing experience. The clickable sky map below shows the night sky looking northeast around midnight on April 22th, 2013, the peak of the Lyrids meteor shower.

In 2013, the Lyrids will occur during a moonlit sky, which may wash out all but the brightesy meteors. Those viewing in the southern hemisphere will see less Lyrid activity than those residing in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, the radiant will be located low in the northern sky, while in the northern hemisphere the radiant will appear to be overhead. Best of luck to everyone staying out to watch the event. We hope to hear from people who’ve had a fantastic experience in light of the moon.



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Europe - Germany

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Informative links  
 

Geminids Wikipedia Page - Wikipedia

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Yearly Zenithal Hourly Rate
2013 10-18 predicted
2012 20 per hour
2011 2-15 predicted
2010 20 per hour
2009 15-20 per hour
2007 21 per hour
The Zenithal Hourly Rate (ZHR) of a meteor shower is the number of meteors an observer would see in one hour under perfect conditions.

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Perfect Viewing Conditions
Face toward The Northeastern portion of the sky.



 
 
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Guide to photographing meteor showers

Lyrids Tip


Watching a meteor shower consists of lying back, looking up at the sky and waiting.


Lyrids Tip


Keep in mind that any local light pollution or obstructions like tall trees or buildings will reduce your making a meteor sighting. Give your eyes time to dark-adapt before starting.

 

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