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Meteor Shower
2017 years Lyrids

More to read about meteor showers at Wikipedia:

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2017

This is the first time we try to catch the Lyrids, they come about the 22nd of April every year. Here we are preparing our cameras, local time 23 (11 pm). We were three people here with one camera each. We all have wide angle lens to cover as much as possible of the sky, because you never know exactly were they show up. There are not only Lyrid meteors, the others can come in from all directions, the Lyrid Meteor shower has its radiant point in the constellation Lyra. Normally you get the best photos about 60 to 90 degrees west or east of the radiant point if you have an wide angle lens, 120 to 180 degrees.

Skychart CdC map used for plannning of the Lyrids Meteor Shower 2017 (Click on the map and get a full resolution map in a new window)

When I plan to take photos of astronomical objects I often take help of the Skychart program. From there I can draw correct star maps from my place and with correct time.

Skychart is free to download, you find it here:

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2017

We started our cameras about 23:30 local time, we live at Sweden and the local time is UT + 2 hours (CEST) when in summer season. As you see, clouds, we are very used to it!

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2017

Now 40 minutes later we got signs that the clouds break up.

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2017

Almost a clear sky, we could visually see satellites and meteors, some very bright. But still no bright one on photo. The bright object down right is our solar systems biggest planet Jupiter.

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2017

Afterwards when home I could only find one bright object on mine photos. It's the upper bright line. The lower two are satellites. Total number of photos was about 140. Later research and with help of friends give the information that this was not a Lyrid meteor, it has the wrong direction to be that. And after some investigating I now think it's a satellite, a very bright one.

Coordinates/Direction : Lyra constellation to the left
Object size : all sky
Object magnitude :  
Object : targetting for the Lyrid Meteor Shower
Date : 2017-04-22
Time (UT) : 22:35:25
Mount : Tripod
Guide : -
Lens/telescope : Zenitar fisheye 16mm, f/2.8 (set to f4.0)
Corrector/Barlow : -
Filter : none
camera : Canon 6D, controlled by an intervalo meter
Film/CCD : Raw and jpg
Exp. time : One photo used of 140 photos of 30 seconds each, 5 seconds pause between each, iso1600
Image process tool : Fitswork
Processing : Dark calibration, dithering technic is of no use in this case
Weather : clouds in beginning and later a clear sky
Site : Sweden, Stockholm, Ingarö. Bortle 4
Comment : My wish was to catch a lot of Lyrid meteors, better luck next time.
More to know : Wikipedia: wiki/ Lyrids

Crop image of meteor:

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2017

You can here see how the brightness of the object varies along the track. A bright meteor can end with a bright flash. But also rotating satellites can give these light patterns. Down left, the two satellites are NOSS 3-6 (A) and (P) has my friend Björn Gimle told me.

Crop image of bright object:

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2017

An even more close up of the object, now I think this is a rotating stellite.

Hans Bengtsson has provided a link about comet showers with deeper information for you who wants more, Lyrids on page 7:

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2017

Date : 2017-04-22
Time (UT) : 22:44:09
Comment : Ten minutes later this dropped in. There was nothing on the photos before ore after so it should not be a satellite. It's very close to the horizon and it's hard to tell, cosmic ray or a meteor but not a Lyrid meteor. The size of a meteor of this kind is just a few mm, it's the high speed, about 10 to 30 kilometer per second that make it light up so bright when it enter our atmosphere, friction!

Timelapse movie of Lyrids 2017


From the night 22 to 23 of April I took 130 photos. Here I have put them together as a time lapse video.

Use the full screen button to see it in full resolution.

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