Lyrid meteor shower is back. Here’s how to see it in California

James Marshall
April 18, 2019

Lyrid's typically produce about 10 to 20 meteors an hour at the shower's peak under ideal conditions.

Activity will continue from April 16 to 25 with the peak numbers expected on the morning of April 23, 2019.

If you are an early riser, or a stay-up-all-nighter, the pre-dawn hours of April 22nd have a special show ready for you - the annual Lyrid meteor shower. But they are lovely because they tend to rocket across the sky very quickly, and some leave glowing trails in their wake. Those trains can be observable for several seconds. When comets come around the sun, they leave a trail of debris behind them. Every year when the Earth passes through the debris, it allows for the colorful bits to collide with its atmosphere, where they disintegrate, creating fiery and colorful streaks in the sky. It has been observed for 2,700 years and is one of the oldest known meteor showers, NASA said. In the case of the Lyrids, the radiant point is near the star Vega in the constellation Lyra's Harp.

If you'd like to take a closer look at the Lyrid Meteor Shower or any of the wonderful and incredible things in the sky, please visit csastro.org for a link to information on our monthly meetings and our free public star parties.

"It is actually better to view the Lyrids away from their radiant: They will appear longer and more spectacular from this perspective".

NASA recommends lying flat on your back with feet facing east. Look up and give your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust; then you'll start seeing meteors.

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