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Observing podcast: Lyrid meteor shower, globular cluster NGC 3201, and spiral galaxy NGC 3311

April 22-29, 2010: The Lyrid meteor shower is a nice observing event for all observers, while globular cluster NGC 3201 andspiral galaxy NGC 3311 provide nice targets for telescope owners.
Lyrid meteor shower 2010
The Lyrid meteor shower peaks April 22. After midnight, an observer at a dark site may spot as many as 20 meteors each hour.
Astronomy: Roen Kelly
Each week, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael Bakich, a master at explaining how to observe, posts a podcast about three objects or events you can see in the sky.

In each episode, Michael highlights:
  • One object you can see without any optical aid
  • One object you can see with a small (4-inch) telescope
  • One object you can see with at least an 8-inch telescope

Targets for April 22-29, 2010
    Naked eye: Lyrid meteor shower
    Small telescope: Globular cluster NGC 3201
    8-inch or larger telescope: Spiral galaxy NGC 3311


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