Friday, April 21, 2006
Curses, Foiled Again
Â© RedOrbit / NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
No sky watching from my little spot on the Blue Marble tonight. Clouds cover the entire sky. I was hoping to see the annual Lyrid meteor shower which should reach its peak activity late Friday night (tonight) and early Saturday morning when a maximum of 10-20 "shooting stars" may appear.
Here's a picture I found of the Lyrid via the AOL Skywatcher Alert:
I was hoping to be catch some shooting stars in my telescope. All the trees do block a lot of the horizon but I usually have a good chunk of sky to gaze on. My oldest daughter, Jennifer, got me a set of binoculars a couple of years ago (she gives the BEST Christmas gifts) and I've been hooked since. Now I have a Celestron FirstScope 114 EQ Short Newtonian Reflector telescope and the first night I set it up, I saw 4 of Jupitor's moon's.
Am looking forward to those warm summer nights out on the deck gazing at the stars.