CAC's Spaced Out Challenge: The Lyrid Meteor Shower

With the moon growing and staying out later in the evening, we're going to shift away from deep sky objects to something more local.
Bonus moron astrophotography below.

The Lyrids take their name from the constellation Lyra, mostly faint besides it's gloriously bright alpha star, Vega. Vega is easy to find thanks to its brightness and its position in the Summer Triangle, "connecting" it to the brightest stars of Cyngus (Deneb) and Aquila (Altair). These constellations are home to a host of objects we will explore in the coming weeks, including the Veil and Ring Nebulae. Back to the meteor shower.

Lyrid Meteor Shower

Rarely a knock-your-socks-off storm, the Lyrids still deliver about 10-20 meteors an hour from country skies, and 4-5 bright streaks in a more urban setting. They appear from our perspective to originate from the aforementioned constellation, so look away from this radiant point if you hope to catch a few flashes. The shower begins tonight, and will peak on roughly the 22nd in the early morning hours, so you have plenty of time this upcoming week to plan your hunt.

Lastly, moron Additional Blond Agent linked an image of M100 in the last Spaced Out Thread, and I wanted to share a few of his images:


M104, The Sombrero, subject of one of our first Spaced Out Challenges


M57, The Ring Nebula, one of next week's

You can see the rest of his stuff here. I envy his 12.5" R-C.
As a heads up for next week's challenge, if you've contemplated getting an nebula filter for your small scope, now is the time. You can get a great deal on a Celestron O-III through Ace's Amazon storefront here If you have any astrophotos, tips, or topics for future Spaced-Out Challenges, email them to me at theoneandonlyfinn (at) gmail.com, and keep looking up!

Posted by: CAC at 10:48 PM



Comments

1 Oh this is gonna be Cooool.

Got my Diet Cheerwine and Doritos to cover the munchies for a CAC stoner post. Dudes.


Posted by: Tobacco Road at April 17, 2013 10:09 PM (4Mv1T)

2 Appears to be some frenetic HQ post stomping going on about now.

Release the meteors.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at April 17, 2013 10:12 PM (4Mv1T)

3 Nothing like laying out under the stars, taking in the wonders.

Posted by: harleycowboy at April 17, 2013 10:13 PM (yfeAd)

4 Time til disappeared in draft like ace's post...

Posted by: Methos at April 17, 2013 10:13 PM (hO9ad)

5 OT/
These photos of 2 men at race that Fox says FBI is interested in... do we know if its the blue tracksuit guy with his backpack buddy in white cap?

Posted by: Serious Cat at April 17, 2013 10:14 PM (UOjzE)

6 Call not do this one sober, good night.

Posted by: Billy Bob, pseudo intellectal at April 17, 2013 10:14 PM (wR+pz)

7 comments are all whackydoodle

Posted by: Tobacco Road at April 17, 2013 10:15 PM (4Mv1T)

8 Oh, no! A blackhole has sucked up CAC's astronomy thread!!!

Posted by: andycanuck at April 17, 2013 10:16 PM (mGBy8)

9 Why are E/W flipped on the star map...or am I just stupid?

Posted by: BignJames at April 17, 2013 10:19 PM (H9MGI)

10 What do you guys use for telescopes, photographs, and what-not?

I'm a complete tyro in these affairs.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at April 17, 2013 10:48 PM (xjpRj)

11 Anywhoooo...upper 80s today, 25 tonight and 52 tomorrow. Seriously, thanks for the Astronomical threads. Interesting as hell, gives one perspective. Now, bourbon.

Posted by: bikermailman at April 17, 2013 10:57 PM (JdYGq)

12 new post up

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 17, 2013 11:02 PM (piMMO)

13 Ah, sanity. Compared to pretty much every other post that's going on now.

I haven't seen very many meteor showers, since I'm not a morning person. I did stay up for a Leonid shower several years ago, when we saw something like 100 per hour, and it was still going strong when twilight began. That was memorable.

Posted by: rickl at April 17, 2013 11:12 PM (sdi6R)

14 Nasty cloudy weather here, so I am going to pop open Stellarium and crank up the shooting star settings! I will not have an accurate Lyrid meteor shower, but I shall have a meteor shower by golly! Setting it to 144k per hour (the 1966 Leonids rate) should do the trick.

Posted by: and irresolute at April 17, 2013 11:13 PM (DBH1h)

15 13
That ~100/hour wasn't the ZHR, either. That was actual visual sightings at a pretty good site, but not an ideal one. I'll bet the ZHR was much higher.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenithal_Hourly_Rate

Posted by: rickl at April 17, 2013 11:25 PM (sdi6R)

16 9 Why are E/W flipped on the star map...or am I just stupid?
Posted by: BignJames at April 17, 2013 10:19 PM (H9MGI)


When you look down at a map, you see east on the right and west on the left. When you're on the map and are looking up, it's the opposite.

Posted by: rickl at April 17, 2013 11:31 PM (sdi6R)

17 If you're in the Northern Hemisphere and are facing south, the sun rises on your left (east) and sets on your right (west).

Posted by: rickl at April 17, 2013 11:33 PM (sdi6R)

18 Some mood music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq5t7Y_BYIM

Posted by: Phychedelecat at April 17, 2013 11:39 PM (Vk2pI)

19 Since this is a space-related thread, I'll repost my comment from the ONT:

In other news, Orbital Sciences Corporation's test launch of their Antares rocket was scrubbed this afternoon when an umbilical detached prematurely at T-12 minutes. The next earliest attempt could be on Friday, but the weather forecast doesn't look so good.

OSC has lots of experience building satellites, and this is their first try at launching their own rocket. This particular flight will orbit a dummy payload, and if all goes well they will launch their Cygnus cargo ship to the ISS later this year. Along with SpaceX, they have a fee-for-service contract to supply the ISS with cargo.

Posted by: rickl at April 17, 2013 11:47 PM (sdi6R)

20 I read that "Lucifer Sam" was about Syd Barrett's girlfriend's cat.

Posted by: rickl at April 17, 2013 11:52 PM (sdi6R)

21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbIMx2MYNXk

Posted by: rickl at April 18, 2013 12:01 AM (sdi6R)

22 I read that "Lucifer Sam" was about Syd Barrett's girlfriend's cat.

Posted by: rickl at April 17, 2013 11:52 PM (sdi6R)
21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbIMx2MYNXk

Posted by: rickl at April 18, 2013 12:01 AM (sdi6R)


"Milky Way" from Syd Barrett's solo effort:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjXz5mHb6s4

Posted by: Psychedelicat at April 18, 2013 12:04 AM (Vk2pI)

23 What do you guys use for telescopes, photographs, and what-not?

I'm a complete tyro in these affairs.
Posted by: BeckoningChasm at April 17, 2013 10:48 PM (xjpRj)
Telescopes, for visual on a budget can't do better than a dobsonian-mounted reflector. But for astrophotography forget that. You need a computerized mount, guider, and a buttload of cash.

Posted by: CAC at April 18, 2013 12:51 AM (GAnkq)

24 Night all.

Here is "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieQZoY9PQlY

Posted by: Psychedelicat at April 18, 2013 01:12 AM (Vk2pI)

Posted by: Vic at April 18, 2013 05:39 AM (53z96)






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