The Sky Tonight Update: Lyrids Meteor Shower

lyrids meteor shower

The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. The shower runs annually from April 16-25. It peaks this year on the night of the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd.

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For the First Time Ever, A Black Hole Revealed

The idea of a black hole–a body so massive that not even light could escape it–was first theorized back in 1784 by English clergyman John Michell.  However, it wasn’t until 1915 when Albert Einstein developed his theory of general relativity that the momentum of black hole research would take shape.  Black holes have fascinated not just scientists but also the general public.  They have been the source of inspiration for numerous books, songs, movies, etc.  But we’ve only been able to see them conceptualized via some form of animation.  In fact, the idea of ever seeing one was deemed impossible.  That is, until now.

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The Sky Tonight Update: Full Moon, Supermoon, Feb. 18

full moon, supermoon

The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated.  There’s a full moon starting Tuesday morning and it’s the brightest one of the year.It’s called a super snow moon. It’s a combination of two things – a snow moon and a supermoon.

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