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Astronomy Day set for Bays Mountain

“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
April 20th is Astronomy Day, when hundreds of astronomy clubs, observatories, museums, colleges, and planetariums worldwide host special family-oriented events and festivities that showcase the wonder and excitement of the night sky. Bays Mountain park and planetarium programming for Astronomy Day includes, activities, presentations and observing.
All non-planetarium programs are free from noon until night. According to their website, there will be planetarium shows at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Also scheduled is Solar viewing at the Observatory at 3 p.m. and Star Watch; night telescope viewing at 8:30 p.m. Both viewing activities are free and weather permitting; however if the weather is poor, the star watch will be held in the planetarium.
April 21 and 22 is the predicted peak of the 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 21st and morning of the 22nd. These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. The nearly full moon will be a problem this year, blocking out all but the brightest meteors. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.