The Lyrid meteor shower will leave 'glowing dust trains' across the sky on Thursday. Here's how to watch.

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When is the Lyrid Meteor Shower 2021?

The Lyrid meteor shower is the first meteor shower in 2021, and the peak will arrive this week. The Lyrids are normally active from mid- to late- April. During the peak, about 10-15 meteors per hour will be possible. This year, the peak of the Lyrids will arrive early in the morning on April 22. WOODTV.comWatching the Skies: 1st meteor shower of 2021 peaks this week

When is the meteor shower?

Updated on April 19, 2021 at 9:05 pm. A meteor of the lyrids in the sky is seen on April 22, 2020 in Schermbeck, Germany. Earth Day is coming up on Thursday and what better way to celebrate than to take in the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower late on Wednesday into the overnight hours of Thursday. NBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthWhat to Know About Earth Day Meteor Showers

How to Take Gorgeous Photos of the Lyrid (or Any) Meteor Shower

Lifehacker 21 April, 2021 - 12:01am

But photographing the stars involves more than pointing your phone at the sky. Here’s what you need to know about photographing meteor showers, shooting stars, comets, and other celestial wonders that force us to stay awake and outside when we’d otherwise be in bed.

When you’re looking to capture something as momentary as a shooting star, you can’t trust the steadiness of your hands. Meteors sail overhead at blinding speeds, which means you need a tripod to take viable photos of them.

“You’ll need [a tripod] shooting at slow shutter speeds,” says Aysia Marotta, a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Take it somewhere secluded, far away from any light pollution that might compromise your shots, she says.

If you’re shooting with a camera, as opposed to a smartphone, Marotta describes the basic necessities for capturing as much of the sky as you can:

“You’re going to want to work with a wide angle lens, so anywhere between 8-16mm is going to capture as much of the sky as possible. Also, F stop is important. Try and bring a lens with an aperture of f/2.8, that way you’re not overcompensating with bumping your ISO.”

If you’re not fluent in the parlance of photography, you can refer to Marotta’s photos, which demonstrate the gorgeous pictures that can result if you’re nailing the basics:

Another pointer Marotta recommends is setting your focus to infinity, which will broaden your camera’s depth of focus to its largest possible setting. The sky is big and vacuous, meaning you want to capture as much of it as possible.

Money Maker Photography explains how infinity focus works:

Infinity focus is similar to an extraordinarily wide depth of field. When your lens is focused to infinity, then everything in your frame will be in focus no matter how distant it is to your lens. There are a few caveats to this, however.

Another useful reference point is to understand how meteor showers and related phenomena work. Chris Westphal, an amateur photographer based in Florida who trades in his own stunning night-sky photography, advises setting yourself up under “dark skies with good transparency, meaning a lack of clouds, fog, smog, and haze.”

Westphal notes that meteors usually, “originate from a radiant near the constellation from the meteor shower’s name, so it is good to shoot around those areas.” The Lyrids get their name from the constellation Lyra, which is prominent in the northern sky, especially in summertime. In this situation, the “radiant,” Westphal refers to is the star Vega, which provides the illumination necessary to catch the Lyrids as they blast through the sky. You can usually locate Vega pretty easily, as it’s typically “directly overhead at mid-northern latitudes on midsummer nights,” according to Space.com.

If you don’t have a camera but still want to try your hand at taking photos of celestial treats, don’t fret: There are plenty of ways to get the most out of your smartphone, whether it’s an iPhone or an Android.

Tom Peet, manager of Repair Outlet, a camera repair business in the United Kingdom, echoes Marotta’s advice when it comes to the necessity of tripods and wide angle lenses, but recommends some smartphone accoutrements that will aid in your pursuit of excellent photos of meteors.

Though your phone’s camera is a marvel of technology in its own right, it’s probably not as good at nighttime photography as your standard DSLR camera. To give your phone snaps a bit of a boost, he recommends downloading a long exposure app, telling Lifehacker:

Long exposure allows your camera to take multiple shots over a period of time - essential for capturing the fleeting nature of meteors. Some free examples include Easy Long Exposure Camera (iPhone) and Long Exposure Camera 2 (Android). While good quality paid apps include Slow Shutter Cam (iPhone) and Night Camera (Android).

Turning off your flash and High Dynamic Range (HDR) are also essential steps. While your flash negates the purpose of shooting in darkness, your HDR poses other challenges.

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. This setting allows the camera to take multiple shots in a row and combine them to include more light than is visible to the lens in one shot. This can be good for shooting the sky but tends to slow your camera down, which risks missing meteors in the short time they are visible in the sky.

And regardless of whether you use a camera or a phone, make sure to take as many photos as possible. Also, never zoom in—you want to capture as much of the sky as possible.

Lyrid Meteor Shower might be visible this week

WETM - MyTwinTiers.com 21 April, 2021 - 12:01am

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – It is going to be a difficult week to view our first meteor shower of 2021 but if you do it right, it just might be possible. The Lyrid Meteor Shower begins tonight and ramps up through it’s peak on Thursday. However with some storm systems impacting our region our skies will be filled with clouds most nights. Tonight and Friday might be one of the best nights to see any meteors but they won’t be during the peak.

“Tonight for the Twin Tiers and down into Northeastern Pennsylvania. And then clouds start rolling in on Tuesday and for a meteor shower viewing it is not going to be the greatest because I don’t see any night this week where we are going to actually have clear skies other than maybe tonight,” said Meteorologist Jake Chalupsky from the National Weather Service in Binghamton.

The next best shot is going to be pre dawn on friday, one full day after peak. We usually pose a decent shot to see meteors out here as we avoid most light pollution. This week get to a nice high location, let your eyes adjust, and face east. You just might be able to see one this week.

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BATH, N.Y. (WETM) – The Steuben County Public Health Department is reporting its 172nd COVID-19 death, a 73-year-old man from the City of Corning who died at the hospital.

The death is Steuben County's third this week.

According to court documents, four men entered the home around 1 a.m. on April 11, forced four victims onto the couch, and assaulted one of them.

"Our volunteers prepared and delivered 67,606 meals for area seniors in 2020. We used 100,000 polystyrenes, or Styrofoam, containers to get the job done. Styrofoam is an excellent insulator, which is important for food safety, and it is inexpensive, which allows us to serve more meals to more seniors. What it is not, is recyclable here in the Corning area nor is it biodegradable. The polystyrene / Styrofoam packaging ends up in the landfill...forever," said CMoW Executive Director, David Smith.

Shooting stars to brighten our skies for Earth Day | Witness

News24 20 April, 2021 - 05:26pm

The Lyrid meteor shower began on April 14 and will continue until April 30, peaking on April 22. It can be seen from 2 am until dawn.

Rushing over the night skies at 49 kms per second, South Africans can expect to see around 15 to 18 meteors per hour in perfect conditions.

First meteor shower in more than 3 months peaks Wednesday night

WSFA 20 April, 2021 - 07:47am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - We’re about to put an end to the annual early year meteor shower drought as one of the more famous showers peaks Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

The Lyrids may not produce the number of meteors that the Perseids and Geminids do, but they are well-known and popular due to their timing and potential each year. With it being more than 3 months since the Quadrantids of early January, many are eager for another meteor shower.

That fact alone makes the Lyrids a worthy shower. Throw in the tendency for the Lyrids to produce bright and quick-moving shooting stars and you’ve got yourself a great astronomy event to check out.

The timing to view the Lyrids is from 10 p.m. Wednesday through the predawn hours Thursday morning. All you have to do is look up because these meteors have an originating point high in the sky.

Just be sure to do the following if you want to maximize your Lyrid meteor shower experience...

The two potential problems for every meteor shower are the weather and moonlight. This year’s Lyrid meteor shower will fly with complete cooperation from Mother Nature. Yes it’ll be cold, but skies will be mainly clear and the lack of humidity means a “clean” atmosphere perfect for viewing meteors.

The problem will be moonlight. The moon will be nearly 70% illuminated until it sets in the sky at 3:32 a.m. Thursday morning. So if you plan on watching the shower before that time, expect the moon’s brightness to wash out a healthy portion of the meteors.

If you can wait until after 3:32 a.m. you will most definitely increase your chances of catching multiple quick-moving shooting stars. Some of them will likely be rather bright and some could reach fireball status!

Tyler joined the WSFA 12 News team in March of 2020. He is the Morning Meteorologist, and you can catch his forecasts Monday-Friday on Today in Alabama.

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