April’s Lyrid Meteor Shower arrives this weekend and should be visible from Friday night to Monday morning (April 20 – April 23). The best night for seeing meteors will likely by late Saturday/early Sunday until dawn. Typically, we can expect to see about 10-20 meteors per hour at the peak of the Lyrid shower.
According to EarthSky.org, this weekend’s Lyrid shower should provide some of the best meteor shower viewing conditions in a while because the new moon will present a moonless sky.
“After patiently enduring bright moonlight for all the major showers at the end of 2011 (including the Perseids, Draconids, Orionids, Leonids and Geminids), the 2012 Lyrid shower will be moon-free! The new moon guarantees a dark sky in the late night and morning hours, the best time to watch the Lyrid shower.”
The best time to see the meteors will be in the pre-dawn hours in all parts of our night sky.
For more information on the Lyrid Meteor Shower and other star-gazing events, visit EarthSky.org.
Image and quote from EarthSky.org.
Have you ever wondered how our planet stacks up in size to the rest of the planets in our solar system? What about how large is our sun when compared to other stars in the cosmos? NASA has posted the following video to illustrate how tiny our place in the universe is.
You can see more cool stellar stuff like this on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day site.
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Tonight, technically Tuesday morning, the moon will move into the earth’s shadow, causing a lunar eclipse. This will be the first time a lunar eclipse has occurred on the Winter Solstice since 1638 so Druids, Pagans and Twilight Fans are sure to be out chanting in the moonlight.
Depending on cloud coverage in your area, the eclipse will be visible to anyone in North America. Starting around 1:30 a.m. Eastern time, the earth’s shadow should begin showing on the moon’s lower left area. Our planet’s shadow will slowly creep across the moon and the entire moon will be covered around 2:40 a.m. The moon will remain in the Earth’s shadow for an hour until it starts moving out of the shadow, which should be completed around 5 a.m.
December 20, 2010: 1:30am
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25
Ballroom, Swing, & Latin Dance Party
From Learntadance of Valatie, NY:
Free dance lesson for those interested in learning to dance. Ballroom, Swing, & latin dance party to follow. Offered the 2nd & 4th Friday of each month. Sponsored by Learntadance.
Time: Fri, Jan. 25 7:15PM
Location: The Crooked Lake House
Averill Park, NY 12018
Cost: Free Lesson – Dance Admission $10
More Info: www.learntadance.com
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26
Adventures in Science Weekend at the Schenectady Museum
Enjoy demonstrations and experiments led by Museum Educators and scientists in our galleries! Make science fun to see and do! January 26 & 27, 2008
Time: Sat, Jan. 26 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Location: Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium
15 Nott Terrace Heights
Schenectady, NY 12308
Cost: FREE with Museum admission
More Info: www.schenectadymuseum.org