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This April cast your eyes to the sky for the 2013 Lyrids Meteor Shower. The shower, which happens every year when Earth’s orbit crosses the icy debris trail left over by Comet Thatcher in 1861, produces swift and brilliantly bright white meteors that spread across the sky from a radiant near the bright star Vega. Some Lyrid meteors leave long and persistent trails that hang in the sky for seconds at a time.
Meteors from the Lyrids Meteor Shower can be seen during the hours of darkness on any night between 19 April and 25 April. Peak activity for the Lyrids happens on the night of the 21st – 22nd April. After midnight and before daybreak as many as 15 – 25 brilliant white meteors can be seen each hour as our planet pulls through the heart of the debris trail. On some years more can be seen with rates pushing up towards 90 an hour.
When and Where to Look for the 2013 Lyrid Meteor Shower
Lyrid meteors can appear in almost any part of the visible sky. They will however trace back to a radiant in the constellation of Lyra near the bright star Vega. The sky map below should help you work out where you need to look in the night sky to see the Lyrids this year.
The best time to look for the Lyrids is between 11pm on April 21st and 4am on April 22nd. This is when you’ll see the highest rates of Lyrid meteors.
(background image courtesy of Stellarium)
1 >> Browse our telescopes for hire. Click on the telescope description to open up the dedicated information page for each telescope.
2 >> Select a telescope and check availability. We have 6-Inch to 12-Inch dobsonian reflectors available to hire. The larger the mirror size, the bigger and brighter your view, and the higher the resolution of the image.
3 >> Hire period is 7, 14, 21 or 28 nights. Shorter or longer hire periods available on request. Nightly telescope hire is also available from our Southwest England hire bases.
4 >> To make your booking request click on the ‘BOOK NOW’ button on the dedicated information page for the relevant telescope. If you need help to book a telescope please contact us or phone Seb on 07884 001815.
5 >> We will check your booking request and send you a booking confirmation. A delivery / pick up time is arranged for the start of the hire period, and a collection / drop-off time is fixed for the end of the hire period. These dates & times are flexible.
6 >> You can pay for your telescope hire by cash on the day of collection or delivery. We also accept advance bank payments, cheques and paypal payments.
7 >> Everything you need to use the telescope is included. Our stargazing guides provide detailed information to help you navigate your way around the night sky.
8 >> Enjoy the wonders of the night sky!
1 >> Our private stargazing experience nights are available across the UK. We come to your back garden or outdoor venue with a telescope for a 1-hour, 2-hour or 3-hour tour across the universe. No location is too light polluted for us!
2 >> To book a stargazing experience night please let us know your location in the UK and how many people the night is for. We can organise stargazing experiences for couples, families, small groups, schools, weddings and corporate events. Please contact us for a quote.
We are located on the High Street (A5120) in Toddington close to Jct 12 of the M1. From the motorway head up the hill into Toddington. The road bears left at the Church. Continue along the road past the shops on your right. We are 100 yards or so up on the left.
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