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A wonderful night in April.
Presented by science at NASA.
As winter turns to spring in the Northern Hemisphere the -- are becoming shorter and much cozy here.
Rising temperatures make -- -- astronomy possible again.
If you must choose one night to spend under the beckoning stars this month.
Make it -- approach when he first.
It should be a wonderful night.
Since bill -- of NASA's -- environment office.
The annual Lyra meteor shower will peak under the dark skies opened new -- conditions should be a deal for meteor watching.
My -- meteors come from comet Thatcher.
Every year in late April earth passes through a stream of debris from the old -- which has been bringing my -- meteors to our clinic for at least 2600 years.
-- of -- dust at the top of the atmosphere at 1101000.
Miles per hour and disintegrate in a slow flurry of meteors.
Typical -- are about as bright as the stars of the big papers as -- so they're good for beginners.
And it's not unusual to see one or two fireballs when the shower peaks.
Most years -- -- out at fifteen or twenty meteors per hour.
Occasionally however rates increased sharply when earth glides through -- and usually dense clump of debris.
In 1982 for instance astronomers count it as many as nine do you migrants per hour.
And even more impressive outburst was documented in 1803 by a journalist in Virginia.
The outburst alarms men and astonished every person that -- held it.
From one until 3 in the morning those -- meteors seem to fall from every point in the heavens in such numbers as to resemble a shower of sky rockets.
The good time to look for -- -- is during the hours after midnight when the showers radiant is rising toward it -- Coincidentally this year's shower peaks during the same week that Saturn is having a close encounter with -- If you Begin your meteor watch around and you'll see the ringed -- -- almost directly overhead about two times brighter than a first magnitude star.
Got a telescope.
Now would be a great time to use it even small department store models at low magnification provide -- -- few of saturn's rings.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is orbiting Saturn now studying the planets for maintenance and snapping breath taking photos of the ring plane.
New telescope on earth can match Cassini is proximity to the ringed planet.
But many observers say that you from your own backyard is uniquely satisfying.
And there's more.
When you're finished looking at Saturn.
You can turn your optics towards Mars.
The red planet is also -- at midnight on April 21.
And it's even brighter than Saturn.
Backyard telescopes reveal a tiny burnt orange globe with the white -- of polar ice reflecting enough sunlight to see 81 million miles away.
NASA's newest rover curiosity is en route to Mars now on a mission to hunt for signs of ancient life.
You can tell your friends you saw -- even before curiosity did it.
As a lot to offer.
More news about wonders in the night sky -- science dot NASA.
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