Lyrid meteor shower to light up sky on Earth Day

Lyrid meteor shower to light up sky on Earth Day

Lyrid meteor shower to light up sky on Earth Day

That's about to change thanks to the Lyrid meteor shower, which reaches its peak this weekend.

It is going to be a picturesque night for enthusiastic stargazers, as the annual Lyrid meteor shower usually occurs between April 16 and 25 each year when our Earth passes through the tail of a comet.

As many as 20 meteors will streak across the sky before dawn on Sunday, but only about 10 of those will be visible to the naked eye.

EarthSky notes that the Lyrid meteor shower is composed of debris from Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. Then, the Lyrid meteor shower will bring with it as many as 20 meteors streaking across the night sky every hour.

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He says if you want to have a good view of the meteor shower, you need to go somewhere with a dark country sky and give yourself 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust. The night sky will be pretty dark because of the waxing moon.

It will be easy to watch the Lyrid meteor shower because the Lyrid meteor shower displays quite bright meteors and, although recommended for better viewing, won't require using binoculars or a telescope. The best day to see them will be early morning on April 22. On the other hand, the constellation in which this radiant is located provides the shower its name, and in this case, Lyrids seem to come from a point in constellation Lyra, according to NASA.

Those that worry about the weather conditions for the meteor shower can rest assured that most of the northeastern and southwestern US night skies will be clear, ensuring flawless viewing conditions, although there is a chance for clouds to spread across the central USA covering the nation's heartland and parts of the Appalachians. Lyrid "bursts" have been observed occasionally in the past, with up to 100 meteors appearing over the course of an hour, but that is not expected to happen this time around. If you're patient, you can see a dozen or so meteors an hour at its peak, according to NASA. However, NASA urges concentrating on a location at the skies away from the constellation, because they will "appear longer and more spectacular from that perspective".

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