Lyrid Meteor Shower To Light Up April Night Sky

Lyrid Meteor Shower To Light Up April Night Sky

This meteor shower occurs when the Earth passes through the dusty trail of Comet Thatcher, which orbits the sun once every 415 years or so, Space.com said. But there's no need to wait until the peak to start looking - you might be able to see shooting stars on any clear night from April 16 to 25, the report added.

However, your highest chance of catching a glimpse of the Lyrids in action will be next weekend, on April 22, when the 2018 Lyrid meteor shower is expected to peak.

The early-morning hours tend to be the most favorable time for viewing.

"Find an area well away from city or street lights". When they appear in the night sky, they can provide a show of 18 meteors per hour, although it has been previously observed that the streaking meteors can reach 100 per hour.

Even though the main event of this celestial display is announced for April 22, it wouldn't hurt to keep your eyes peeled on April 21 and 23 as well, EarthSky notes.

The following is some tips from NASA on how to view the Lyrids.

And though the calendar may recommend we're due for another one- Lyrid outbursts may take place usually take place in 30-year periods- NASA meteor specialist Costs Cooke anticipates a typical program this year.

The Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors, though not as fast or as plentiful as the famous Perseids in August, Lyrids can surprise watchers with as many as 100 meteors seen per hour.

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The last Lyrid outburst remained in 1982, inning accordance with Earthsky.org, which stated US skywatchers were dealt with to an incredible program that year. In general, 10-20 Lyrid meteors can be seen per hour during their peak. These trains can be observable for several seconds. If you want to watch it, look for its post moonrise towards dawn especially during the midnight when it will be clearly visible in the Northern hemisphere and some parts of mid-southern latitude near the equator. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

So, grab a warm blanket to shield you from the cool morning air and head out to a secluded place outside the city, lie down on the grass or on the hood of your auto with your feet pointing east and look up.

Nevertheless, you can still gauge the best time to watch the Lyrid meteor shower on your sky by knowing the rising time of the radiant point.

Meteors come from leftover comet particles and bits from broken asteroids.

The Lyrids can be seen from Earth each time our planet crosses the comet's ancient path and encounters the cosmic debris that Comet Thatcher left behind long ago. Comet Thatcher was discovered on 5 April 1861 by A. E. Thatcher.

These can appear everywhere in the sky, but you can easily determine whether one is part of the Lyrids swarm by tracing its path backward to its "radiant"; if it appears to come from the general direction of the constellation Lyra - not far from the bright star Vega in the northeastern sky at dawn - it's nearly certainly part of the Lyrids swarm. Lyrids appear to particularly radiate out from the star Vega-Vega is the brightest star within this constellation.

Experts say the meteor shower is likely to produce as many as 20 shooting stars per hour. If you do look directly at the radiant, you will find that the meteors will be short-this is an effect of perspective called foreshortening. The constellation is not the source of the meteors.

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