Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It

17 April, 2018, 22:26 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • April Lyrids Meteor Shower

The Met Office says, 'This year the Lyrid Meteor Shower will be visible from 16-25 April, peaking on 22 April. This was the case in 1982, when American stargazers were treated to a stunning outburst of 100 Lyrid meteors per hour.

At its peak, the Lyrids will produce in between 15 and 20 meteors an hour, and the very best time to see the program is early in the early morning before dawn on April 22.

The Lyrid meteor shower is of medium brightness, but not as luminous as the famous Perseid meteor shower in August, which tends to produce more prominent trails, Cooke said.

The moon will cooperate this weekend as the annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks.

While the meteors will appear to come from a point in the sky that is home to the small constellation Lyra, it's not important to look in a particular direction of the sky.

Where is the best place to see the Lyrid Meteor Shower? Usually, the fall out counts up to 10 to 20 meteor per hour but sometime the count may exceed more than 100 per hour that is virtually known as an outburst.

The meteor shower Watching is the indirect term of waiting and calmness so get settled and hold tight until the first one shows out.

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"The moon will be really favorable for them this year; it will set by the time the Lyrid radiant is high in the sky", Cooke explained.

For the rest of April, you'll have a good chance of seeing some shooting stars as the Lyrid meteor shower comes through this year. You can simply go out and watch the meteor shower without firstly identifying the Lyra constellation or its brightest star, Vega. One can easily spot the shower in the dark sky right after the nightfall in the less artificial light area as the darkness increases the chance of spotting.

"Any meteors visible the sky will likely appear unexpectedly, in any and all parts of the sky", clarifies the media outlet.

The astronomical event is expected to produce as many as 20 shooting stars per hour - as long as the skies remain clear.

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.

Among the earliest showers on record, the Lyrids were found in China around 687 BC, however its source, the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, wasn't found till 1861. As they burn up in the atmosphere, the meteors leave bright streaks in the sky commonly referred to as "shooting stars".

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