Lyrid Meteor shower scheduled to light up the April Skies

James Marshall
April 16, 2018

Astronomers forecast that this year's Lyrid shower should reach its peak in the hours before dawn on Sunday, April 22, but stargazers who are outdoors the night before may also see a few zipping across the sky.

The very best time to watch this meteor shower will be next weekend on April 22 when it is expected to hit its peak.

"Find an area well away from city or street lights". Once a while, a meteor will burn up glowing at high brightest which is called as fireball, although it happens rarely, it is one of the things that skywatchers really look forward to watching.

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

The Lyrids generally are not one of the showier meteor showers.

Despite the Lyrids' relatively low numbers, this shower can often produce bright, fast meteors, and about 15 percent leave behind persistent smoky trains that one can watch with binoculars for many minutes after the meteor itself has disintegrated.

Historically, Lyrids's heavier showers or outbursts were recorded in 1803 in Virginia, 1922 in Greece, 1945 in Japan, and 1982 in the U.S. Outbursts of Lyrids have occurred in intervals of 60 years. Lyrids meteor shower, an annual meteor shower will dazzle the skywatchers and onlookers with its stunning meteor shower this entire week. 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. Those few hours before dawn are the ideal time to find a great spot away from the busy city lights, lie back in the crisp morning air and enjoy the stunning display on the dark, moonless sky. 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 vehicle with your feet pointing east and look up. "After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors", NASA said. When Earth passes through it, the meteors create a stunning shower. The Lyrids occurs when Earth slams into the dusty debris of Comet Thatcher.

The Lyrids are debris from Comet Thatcher, which was officially discovered and named by A.E. Thatcher on its most recent approach to the solar system in 1861.

Their radiant-the point in the sky from which the Lyrids appear to come from-is the constellation Lyra, the harp. The meteor shower stems from the constellation Lyra to the northeast of Vega, among the brightest stars noticeable in the night sky this time of year, however meteors will show up from throughout the sky. In some years, the shower heightens in exactly what's called an "outburst" and produce as much as 100 shooting stars. The meteors radiate from the constellation Aquarius, however can be seen from any area in the sky.

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