On Earth Day, Catch a Great Show in Space
For Earth Day this year, the heavens are putting on a show for us.
The Lyrid Meteor shower will peak late tonight with approximately 20 meteors per hour expected as Earth passes through a trail of debris left behind by comet C/1861 G. The meteors will be visible for a few days but the best show happens tonight starting around 10:00pm, peaking in the early morning hours.
All you need are your eyes, a comfy chair to kick back in and, depending on where you are, maybe a cold one. Getting as far away from artificial light as possible is a major plus. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to do that around El Paso. Just be sure you're well off roadways, not on private property and in a spot you're legally allowed to be.
- There are several turnouts along Trans Mountain although the picnic areas face extremely well lit parts of El Paso.
- Along the Anthony Gap, highway 404, there are many side roads and trails.
- The area known as "The Wall', near Santa Teresa.
- East side folks can head for Red Sands or find a spot way out Montana.