Pick up a Family Stargazing Kit at the VML loading dock on Wednesday, April 14 (on the loading dock, one per household, while supplies last). Each kit contains a flashlight with red cellophane, an evening sky star map and 5 moon pies. Catch sight of the Lyrid Meteor Show April 21-22 or the Aquarid Meteor Shower on May 5. Email a photo of your family’s stargazing (or moon gazing) adventure to Andrea at email@example.com to be entered in a drawing to win a night sky planisphere.http://skymaps.com/downloads.html
April 21-22: The Lyrid Meteor Shower
It's been a long time since the Quadrantids came and went back in early January. That was the last time we got a significant meteor shower. Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office tells Thrillist to expect 10-20 meteors per hour with the Lyrids this year.
Unfortunately, a first-quarter moon is going to cause some interference for anyone looking early in the night. Your best bet is to look for the Lyrids in the few hours before dawn on the morning of April 22.May 5: Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower
The shower that generates from the debris of Halley's Comet could produce up to 40 meteors per hour in 2021. However, the meteors are faint. That means you really need to get to dark skies to see all of the visible meteors from the Eta Aquarids
"You've got a last-quarter moon. So, you want to start observing around 2 am and go to dawn," Cooke says. "The Eta Aquarids are very faint. They require a good dark sky. They're kind of an out in the boondocks country meteor shower."
The following tips can help maximize your shooting star viewing experience.
1. Find a secluded viewing spot, away from the city lights. Once at the venue, your eyes may take 15 to 20 minutes to get used to the dark.
2. Dress for the weather, and make sure you are comfortable, especially if you plan to stay out long. Bring a blanket or a comfortable chair with you—meteor watching can be a waiting game.
3. Once you have found your viewing spot, lie down on the ground and look up in the direction of the radiant. Use our Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map or the table above to find the current direction of the radiant in the sky.