Thursday, April 22, 2021

Get Out! And See the Big Show in the Night Sky in the Wee Hours of Friday, April 23 (with the Luck of a Clear Sky!)

Lyrid Meteor Shower -
by Peggy Robin
The highlighted event for this week's "Get Out!" column may or may not be viewable, depending on the luck of a clear sky or a cloudy night.
If it does happen, it will be a triple delight: You may see the grand display of the Lyrid Meteor Shower - and in the middle of it, the rising rocket of the newly launched SpaceX Crew-2, a Crew Dragon spacecraft transporting four astronauts to the International Space Station. If you're up early enough -- and luck is with you --  you'll catch the International Space Station overhead, as well.

The Capital Weather Gang gives this viewing guidance: 
"The International Space Station will also be visible Friday morning, about 40 minutes before the spacecraft launch. It will first appear for many in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic around 5:08 a.m. and should be about as bright as an airplane passing overhead — except it’s cruising through space 254 miles overhead at about 17,000 mph."
If you're not up for an early morning wake-up to see the sights, you can read more about the Lyrid Meteor Shower here - plus info about the other big-time annual meteor showers:  
For real time coverage of the launch of the SpaceX Crew-2 Dragon spacecraft, go to:
The "Get Out!" events column is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursdays.   

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