I gave a shot at seeing the Lyrid Meteor Shower Saturday night. I walked into the back yard at the Ancestral Digs, and despite the high level of urban light pollution, I saw a shooting star in about 20 seconds! Even with a New Moon, the meteorite was very washed-out by the ambient light...satisfied I wasn't going to miss an awesome show, I headed back inside.
To really view any meteor shower, you should try to find a place where the sky is dark enough to see the Milky Way. Saturday night, I could only see a few dozen stars
Sunday morning people from Winnemucca, NV to Sacramento, CA to Bakersfield, CA heard the sonic boom of a meteor exploding over the Sierra Nevada foothills. Scientists who study these things say the meteor was about the size of a minivan, and released the energy of five kilotons of TNT!
|Lisa Warren photo courtesy Reno Gazette Journal|
With the Giants-Mets game postponed due to the big nor'easter that pounded the Northeast, I listened to the radio most of Sunday. The meteor became national news by dinnertime in New York.
There's lots of news stories about the meteor:
"American Meteor Society: 82 Records Found for Event 588"
"Spaceweather.com: Sierra Fireball Decoded"
"Scientist says sound signal from exploding meteor lasted 18 minutes"
"Fireball over California/Nevada: How Big Was It?"
"Local resident's photo of Sunday's meteor goes international"
I was fast asleep Sunday morning, and read no reports of the blast being heard in the San Francisco Bay Area.
You know what they always say...Snooze, you lose...