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In 6 short months from today the sights and sounds of history will be brought to life on the east side of Lima. There will be displays, camps, vehicles, battles, and much more. Please give us a like so you stay up to date with all the latest information. We would also like to take a moment to thank Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District for letting us put on this event and Hesseling & Sons, LLC for helping us host our fundraising raffle. If you want a chance at one of three great prizes we are raffling off stop and and see them or get a hold of a representative of Lauer Farms 1944 for tickets. ... See MoreSee Less
Don't forget! Good Friday Hike @ Kendrick Woods, 2pm. Trails will be wet, wear appropriate foot gear! ... See MoreSee Less
The upcoming Lyrid meteor shower will be best viewed on either Sunday or Monday night around 9p-11p. Typically best meteor viewing is in the early morning 4a-530a but this year there is the wanning full moon to deal with which washes out the night sky.
Look in the NE sky-lower to the horizon for the "radiant". The radiant is the point in the sky where the meteors tend to originate from. It's near the star Vega and the constellation Lyra-the harp.The radiant will rise above the horizon about 9p. Keep an eye out for "earthgrazers"- a long-lasting, slower moving meteor that travels horizontally across the sky.
Here are some more Lyrid Meteor shower fun facts:
**The Lyrids are the oldest recorded meteor shower. The Chinese astronomers recorded them over 2,700 years ago.
**The meteors/fireballs you see are debris we encounter from passing through the orbit of the Thatcher comet. Don't try to find the comet,- you won't be able to see it, but leave a sticky note in the family Bible for your great-great-great-grandchildren to check it out in 2276. 257 years from now.
**With a dark sky (no moon) you should be able to see 10-20 meteors per hour. This year we have to deal with a wanning full moon. It rises late-around midnight. Your best viewing will be early evening in 2019.
**Some years we travel through an exceptional heavy debris area of the comet's tail. This results in an "outburst" of meteors. Astronomers are fairly confident this is NOT going to happen this year. But it did happen in 2016.
**Stay off your phone and iPad if you want to view meteors or the night sky. Every time you look at a bright light, it takes approximately 20 minutes for your eyes to readjust to the darkness. Find a quiet spot away from city light pollution, find the radiant, lay your head back and enjoy the show. Even it you only see one or two bright meteors streak across the sky, it's time well spent. ... See MoreSee Less