How are the skies for tonight's Lyrid meteor shower?

James Marshall
April 21, 2018

A spectacular celestial show is in the offing as scientists expect the Lyrid meteor shower to peak shortly before dawn on April 22.

Indian viewers will get the best glimpse of the Lyrid meteor shower after the moon sets, which is estimated between 11:15 pm on April 21 in Guwahati, and 00.30 am on April 22 in Ahmedabad.

Most of MI will have good visibility of the meteor shower from Saturday dusk to Sunday dawn, according to an AccuWeather map.

"Take in as much sky as you can", Bill Cooke, a meteor expert at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, told NBC News MACH. But with the first recorded sighting of the Lyrids going all the way back to 687 B.C., they're the oldest known meteor shower.

The radiant of Lyrids, the area from which the shooting stars appear to originate, will be also highest in the sky after midnight, something that would further improve the viewing experience. The meteors are the result of the Earth passing through the trail of dust and debris left behind by the comet Thatcher.

That said, once you're out at the right time, try to find an open space where you can observe a large portion of the sky without any intrusion like tall buildings or trees. While the 1922 meteor shower saw 96 meteors per hour at its peak, The Lyrid meteor shower reached a peak of 80 meteors per hour in 1980. This will be true wherever you are, and you don't need to worry about time zones or any weird, location-specific instructions.

If you miss out on the Lyrids this weekend, your next chance to see a meteor shower isn't far off. As an aid, the meteors are named after the constellation that they appear to emerge from. This long-exposure photograph shows Lyrids meteor shower passing near the Milky Way in the clear night sky of Thanlyin, almost 14 miles away from Yangon. Though the Lyrids have been known to produce up to 90 meteors per hour, this year most people should expect to see about 10 per hour.

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