Saturday, April 20, 2013
The Lyrids can be unpredictable — often in great ways.
The Lyrid meteor shower is ready to make its 2013 debut in the skies above Burke this weekend, and of all the year’s many shows in the heavens, this is one to catch. The skies have been largely empty of visible meteor showers since the Quadrantids of early January, but the shooting stars of the Lyrids have been a reliable spectacle for, oh, 2,600 years or so. The Lyrids meteor shower peaks in 2013 on Sunday and Monday, but some meteors may be visible beginning sooner. The National Weather Service forecast for Saturday is for clear skies, so then may be your best chance at catching a glimpse. You can see what to look for in this video of the Lyrid meteor shower. Or check out photos of the Lyrids. And these charts of the Lyrids may help you…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The first meteor shower of the new year will peak late Wednesday into Thursday. Clear skies forecast for Wednesday evening.
Look up in the Northern Virginia sky tonight and you might get a look at a meteor shower. The weather forecast is calling for clear skies. The Quadrantid meteor shower is named for an extinct constellation, but the shooting stars that seem to sprout from it still arrive yearly, and the opening of the 2013 show began overnight Monday into Tuesday. The Quadrantids is one of the lesser-known meteor showers of the year, but that doesn't mean it's anything less than spectacular. Take a look at this Quadrantids meteor shower video or these pictures of the Quadrantids. While the shower begins overnight on the first day of the new year, NASA tells us Quadrantid meteor shower peaks in the wee morning hours of Thursday, when skies over Northern …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Leonid meteor shower will peak in the early pre-dawn hours Saturday morning and next Tuesday morning.
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Friday, November 16, 2012
Know a great place to gaze at the stars in Burke? Keep your eyes on the sky after midnight Friday — in Saturday morning's pre-dawn hours — because the famous Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak then. These meteors are fast (about 40 miles per second) and can leave trails of smoke, according to Astronomy.com. They will appear to radiate from the constellation Leo the Lion and can vary in color. Space.com's Joe Rao says to expect about 10 to 15 meteors per hour. "Many Leonids are also bright. Usually, the meteors are white or bluish-white, but in recent years some observers reported yellow-pink and copper-colored ones," according to Astronomy.com. Here's one of the 10 coolest things to know about the Leonids, from Space.com: "Leonids …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Shooting stars will be flying early in the morning this week in the Orionids meteor shower over Fairfax County.
The offspring of Halley's Comet are about to put on quite a show over Fairfax County. Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet beginning Monday, which will give us the benefit of the annual Orionids meteor shower—though you probably won't see much until a few days later. If you live in an area that's relatively dark, you shouldn't have too much trouble seeing the meteor shower. If you live in a more densely populated area where they may be some light pollution, try moving to a darker area. Space.com has these tips and more: Get as far away from city and other artificial lights as possible. Meteor showers are best viewed in really dark skies. Try to keep the moon out of your field of vision, too. The shower should be…