When to look up for the Lyrid meteor shower

James Marshall
April 22, 2019

This is the oldest recorded meteor shower, with records that describe it dating back more than 2,500 years to ancient China. Whichever night you look, here are some tips for viewing the burning-up dust and debris left behind by Comet Thatcher in its trek around the solar system.

The only solution is to go out both nights and look for "fast and bright meteors" falling out of the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the bright star Vega, which rises in late evening and passes almost overhead shortly before dawn, according to NASA.

That will also be the best time to see slower, longer meteors that streak horizontally across the sky, called earthgrazers.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will peak on Tuesday morning, but keep your eyes on the sky over the weekend as well. At the top of this constellation is the bright star Vega. The Lyrids can produce up to 18 meteors per hour, with occasional fireballs. Unfortunately, a bright, gibbous moon will wash out all but the brightest meteors this year.

Lyrids is one of the important meteors showers seen from the Earth, with an average rate of 10-20 meteors per hour, according to experts.

Dr Marzouk said astronomical instruments are not required to observe the meteor shower and people in Qatar and other countries across the Northern Hemisphere can see Lyrids with the naked eye from places without light and environmental pollution (pure sky). Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up. The meteors have started streaking across the sky, again, starting April 16 and are likely to peak overnight on April 22.

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