Lyrid Meteor Shower is Finally here; Don’t Miss the Shooting Stars

The annual Lyrid meteor shower is starting. Every year it is realized about April 16 to 25. And this year it is going to fall on the morning of April 22 “with little or no interference from the waxing moon” as mentioned Earthsky. It is supposed to fall the greatest number of meteors during the few hours before dawn. You have an opportunity to see from about 10 to 2o Lyrid meteors an hour at the shower’s peak on the morning of April 22. In 2018, the waxing moon will set before the primetime morning hours. Earthsky indicated “In 1982, American observers did see an outburst of nearly 100 Lyrid meteors per hour.

Meteor Storm Caused Migration of Planets

According to a new study, huge gas planets’ migration created the meteor storm, which is the biggest in our solar system’s history.
Our solar system was formed 3.9 billion years ago, which was the result of cosmic tempest. There was a migration of planets, in which the Jupiter and Saturn moved closer to the Sun, but the Neptune and Uranus moved further.
The gravitational effects formed by their migrations. The amount meteors were flung towards the solar system, where they clashed with the terrestrial planets, including the Moon and the Earth.

The Russian Meteor ‘s Parent Orbit and Dimensions

In the beginning of this month a meteor exploded the Russian city Chelyabinsk. The meteor damaged many buildings and wounded about 1000 people. After long observations the astronomers found that the meteor hit the Earth from the Mars. There are a lot of videos in YouTube regarding this meteor, and analyzing these videos, the astronomers from Medellin University, comes to conclusion, that the meteor belonged to the Apollo family. They also paid attention to the hole in the Chebarkul Lake, which was also caused by the piece of the space rock.

Meteorite Hits Russia

As a result of the fall of fragments of the meteorite in the Chelyabinsk region,the number of victims has increased up to 1,2 thousand people. Meteor rain over the Ural mountains took place in the morning on Friday. One of the meteorite exploded over the Chelyabinsk region. The blast wave damaged buildings in the capital region and other localities. Material damage from the fall of the meteorite exceed, according to preliminary estimates, about one billion rubles.

Daytime Fireball Surprises California

According to news reports residents in California and Nevada reported hearing a sonic boom and seeing a bright fireball streak across the sky early Sunday morning. Experts said the sonic boom and fireball were likely caused by a meteor passing through Earth’s atmosphere. The explosive noise shook some homes and startled unsuspecting people across both states, reported the Associated Press. Calls were placed to local law enforcement agencies after the event, and several eyewitnesses initially thought they had experienced an earthquake.

Mystery of Strange Cloud Formations on Mars

An amateur astronomer Wayne Jaeschke has managed to capture recent images of Mars which appear to show cloud like formations on Mars. The image was taken on March 22, 2012. Wayne Jaeschke, from West Chester, Pennsylvania, first noticed the formations which can be seen rising up from the edge of the Martian disk after he took the pictures on March 20. Some observers have suggested the so-called clouds are at least 150 miles away from the surface while others have suggested it could be debris which was disturbed after the Red Planet was hit by a meteor.

Geminids Meteor Shower on December 13 and 14

The peak of the Geminid meteor shower activity will be in the night of December 13/14 and 14/15. In general, the intensity of the shower reaches its peak at 2 o’clock in the night and lasts till the morning. In the ideally dark night you may count up to 50 falling Geminids per hour, or one per minute. However, take into account that the bright moon will significantly reduce the number of visible Geminids. If you are planning to enjoy Geminids shower, get away from the city to a deserted dark place. You will need warm clothes and hot drinks for the whole night.

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