Thursday, April 20, 2017

EarthSky News - Apr 20 - Lyrid Meteor Radiant Point

April 20
Lyrid Meteor Radiant Point
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Tonight … Find Vega, near Lyrid meteor radiant point
Finally! A meteor shower when the moon is (relatively) dark. Try watching Friday before dawn, from a dark location.

Lyrid meteor shower has begun!

Predicted peak of the Lyrid shower in 2017 is Saturday morning, April 22. Here's all you need to know.
Green moon today? Nah 
The green moon rumor started in 2016. Now it's back. It's a joke, y'all. We're not going to have a green moon on April 20, 2017. This joke has its roots (ahem) in cannabis culture.
Ocean worlds beyond Earth
Earth is an ocean planet. Astronomers are realizing that ocean worlds are all around us in space. New video from NASA.
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Find Vega, near Lyrid meteor radiant point
Vega is the brightest star in the constellation Lyra the Harp. Its constellation looks like a triangle set on top of a parallelogram.

Photos of close asteroid 2014 JO25

Large asteroid 2014 JO25 safely passed Earth on April 19, 2017 at about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon. This image is from Mark Hunter in the U.K. More images from the EarthSky community here.
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