Lyrid Meteor Shower, What A Green Moon?

A sky-watchers delight for the weekend ahead....
Lyrid Meteor Shower, What A Green Moon?
Posted at 10:15 AM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 10:15:01-04

With the "Big Bubble Of No Trouble" in play over the next few days, skywatchers are to be rewarded with gorgeous pairings of the moon and venus plus the Lyrid meteor shower this weekend ahead.

Most of this action will take place in both the western and northeastern sky. The big reward of course is the Lyrid meteor showers which looks to peak on April 22nd. It's not the most impressive space spectacle but provides sky-watching enthusiast with a show of 10-15 meteors per hour accompanied by a waxing crescent moon. 

Speaking of that moon there has been a lot of hoopla and hyperbole behind it. Now why do we say that, well over the last 2 years the moon before the Lyrid meteor shower has been called the "Green Moon". There is no such thing as the "Green Moon" though. So if you see these articles like the one below just know it's a joke and there will not be a green goblin of a moon above on April 20th.

There will be the meteor shower though and with clear skies we should be in store for a great show over the period. Temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s each night so a light jacket may be needed. Grab the telescope and enjoy!