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Lyra Explains the Lyrid Meteor Shower by mandydax Lyra Explains the Lyrid Meteor Shower by mandydax
This is a real thing coming up this weekend. I know it's a wall of text, but it's all good info. Sorry Aussies, et al, but this isn't visible from most of the southern hemisphere. :(

Credits and Links:
[link] Info on 2012 Lyrids from EarthSky.org
[link] Info on 2012 Lyrids from SpaceWeather.com
[link] Calculations of Vega's position at various times during the night using Wolfram-Alpha
[link] Measuring the sky from OneMinuteAstronomer
[link] Panel 5 Graphic of constellation Lyra by Kvap on Wikipedia under Public Domain.
[link] Luna's voice: Olde English by Dieter Steffmann at dafont.com
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Too bad we don't have weatherponies to help keep the skies clear. I can only wish you luck with that.
:iconsleepingdashplz: Ah, who am I kidding? ;)

Yay, this is my first feature on Equestria Daily! [link]
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:iconmlpdesings:
MLPDesings Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what font you use for this
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anime Ace, available at dafont.com.
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:iconmlpdesings:
MLPDesings Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks
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SbI29 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Wow, it'll be approaching two years this April, and i can still look at this picture and somehow see why I liked Lyra to begin with.
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wevert Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Rereading this a year later, this has brought back so many memories. I'm looking forward to the one happening tonight in a few hours, actually. Me and my buddy are staying up for it. Haha.
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CopyPony Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
It's pretty nice of you to make a comic just to inform others about the meteor shower. And using Lyra because of the constellation, and then making a hands "joke"? That is just genius! I'm sure Twilight herself would be proud of you. Good job!
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, thanks. :) That's lovely of you to say.
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:icontheclassicthinker:
TheClassicThinker Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, Avery smart and creative thing to do. :D
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:iconcopypony:
CopyPony Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
It's lovely of you to say that it's lovely of me to say... wait, this is getting just silly
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:iconvictorreissobreira:
VictorReisSobreira Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
north hemisphere? :(
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. :\ It was also four months ago...

Don't worry, there are plenty more showers throughout the year visible from all over. [link] Search for "Geminids". That happens December 13-14 and is the next big shower, and being in a zodiacal constellation, should be visible from most anywhere on the planet.
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:iconvictorreissobreira:
VictorReisSobreira Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool!:)
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:iconwheeljackson:
WheelJackson Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   General Artist
Cute. ^^
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SeerWalker Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I know it's over, but too bad we couldn't see it from Austrlia. However, there's gonna be a meteor shower on my birthday!
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, excellent! Happy early birthday!

(have a llama)
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:iconseerwalker:
SeerWalker Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Oh, wow. Thanks. I'm just going to go off and start hyperventilating now.
I got a llama from you! Wow.
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dfbjhfjgfjgh Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
So the fragments move at 1400 times the speed of sound? Impressive, but I have a hard time comprehending that.
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
140 times the speed of sound at sea level. Still impressive. It's nearly 50 km per second. Mind-boggling.
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dfbjhfjgfjgh Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Rainbow Dash travels at 5km/h (According to the angle of the sound barrier when she reaches top speed), and that speed doubles when she executes a Sonic Rainboom. So I worked out from that that the fragments travel at the speed I stated. It's a pretty obscure fact, but it's there.
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
5km/h? I can easily run twice that fast for sustained periods. 5km/s would be nearly orbital speed on Earth (and would probably cause her to burn like a meteor). I just figured the Sonic Rainboom was a magical result of her breaking the sound barrier.

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:icondfbjhfjgfjgh:
dfbjhfjgfjgh Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I meant 5000km/h. DOH!
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Argh, decimal places! Amirite? ;)
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:icondfbjhfjgfjgh:
dfbjhfjgfjgh Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Yeah...
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:iconiamcaptainman:
IamCaptainMan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow thank you Lyra, those tips are pretty handy where I am at.
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe you'll get to see them next year. A lot of the tips are good for any shower, though.
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IamCaptainMan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, I think I might use them just for star gazing. I have a nice field out back. and I would love to look at the stars. and the moon
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sometimes I miss living in the middle of nowhere.
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IamCaptainMan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha, Crossville is a good place for something like this. windy, rainy, clear skies, sunsets, rolling hills, the fresh smell, and the sunsets. Yeah it feels like sometimes I am detached from the rest of the world :)
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radiationpony Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
good job on the comic that
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themareonthespoon Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Astrophysics, the real science.
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:iconifiredmylazar:
ifiredmylazar Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
ponies make science moar intresting.
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really wish I'd done one for the eclipse, but maybe I'll do one for the transit of Venus.
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Edowaado Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I bet the Doctor taught Lyra all this xq
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I liked the part where she tells how to measure degrees on the sky with our hands.
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:iconedowaado:
Edowaado Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hands :iconmegustamuchoplz:
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:iconcitrus--rain:
Citrus--Rain Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Maaan.... I missed it?
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. :( I got clouded out here, so I didn't see it either.
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:iconrandina42:
Randina42 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconfluttershysadplz: It was cloudy, so I missed it. And I would have got a great view because I live by a small hill, so I wouldn't have to walk far to get a place (almost) without city lights.
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here, too. Ah, well. There will be others.
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:iconjessicarabbit12:
JessicaRabbit12 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Why the buck!I couldn't saw 4 days ago!
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconlyrashrugplz:
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:iconjessicarabbit12:
JessicaRabbit12 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah
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:iconmonky9997891:
monky9997891 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I MISSED IT!
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:iconmrbronydash:
mrBronyDash Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
me too :(
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did, too, due to cloudy skies. :( Here's EarthSky's info about upcoming events, though. [link]
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:iconsgoodso1:
sgoodso1 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
it rained for me
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cloudy here, too.
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:iconmatty4z:
matty4z Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
rain and way 2 cold anyway
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:icondogmandan:
Dogmandan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
It was a cloudy day for me :(
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:iconmandydax:
mandydax Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Boo, here, too. :(
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