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Can Lyrids be seen in South Africa?


Pretoria, capital of South Africa.

We recommend you read the introduction to meteor showers.

Lyrids(LYR) meteor shower will be active from Sunday, April 14 2019 until Tuesday, April 30 2019. Its peak day is Tuesday, April 23 2019, according to information published by the International Meteor Organization. For more information, check out the meteor shower calendar 2019.

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Position of Lyrids

Lyrids's radiant during its peak day will be at alpha=271°, delta=+34°. The zenithal hourly rate is: 18 meteors per hour.

The visibility of a meteor shower depends on several factors: geographic coordinates of observer and elevation, time of the day, city lights pollution, the weather and the terrain. For reference, we have calculated the position (elevation / azimuth) of Lyrids's radiant in the sky during its peak day, Tuesday, April 23 2019, for the following cities in South Africa.

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CityTime
00:0002:0004:0006:0008:0010:0012:0014:0016:0018:0020:0022:00
Alt.Az.Alt.Az.Alt.Az.Alt.Az.Alt.Az.Alt.Az.Alt.Az.Alt.Az.Alt.Az.Alt.Az.Alt.Az.Alt.Az.
Pretoria48°23°29°30°25°335°315°--------------
Johannesburg48°22°29°30°24°335°315°--------------
Bloemfontein48°19°30°27°22°337°316°--------------
Cape Town--11°34°21°11°20°344°321°--------------

The Sky and Stars in South Africa

The following is a simulation of the sky and stars as seen from Pretoria, South Africa during its peak day starting at 00:00.

You may adjust the speed of the simulator backward or forward to see the movement of the radiant over the horizon.

Content last updated on 2016-01-06