reply to post by samureyed
You're welcome samureyed.
Unfortunately, I have an update, and the news is not great...
As I'm sure you all know here, meteors beloning to the same meteor shower appear to travel away (or "radiate") from a small area in the sky which
is known as the "radiant".
For example, the Lyrid radiant is in the constellation Lyra, hence why Lyrids are known by that name.
In the case of the meteor shower produced by comet P/2009 WX51 CATALINA, the radiant will be in the constellation Triangulum, and at this time of year
the Sun is not far away from this patch of sky.
The upshot of this is that, meteors belonging to this new shower would only be visible just before dawn, and the peak of the shower will occur during
daylight, making visual observations impossible during the height of the shower.
However, if you are out observing Lyrids, there is a chance you can see these meteors in the last hours before dawn. The would probably be few and far
between, but since the radiant is in the east, and on the horizon, meteors from this shower that are observed would be "earth-grazers", which meants
they would be quite impressive to observe.
Earth grazers shoot upwards (in many cases) and away from the horizon, only skimming the upper atmosphere, and since they dont plunge into it, they
tend to last longer, and travel further across the sky. They can be very impressive to see when they do this, so it's worth keeping an eye out for
them in the hours before dawn.
I should also say, this year there will be heavy interfearence form moonlight, which will cut down the number of Lyrids that can be observed. The one
saving grace this year, is that the last part of the night, just before dawn will be moonlight-free, so there should be good rates before dawn, and if
you are lucky you might catch a few grazers from the new shower.
[edit on 18-4-2010 by C.H.U.D.]