The Lyrid Meteor Shower Season of 2018 Begin this Month

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The spectacular Lyrid Meteor shower is considered to be the leftovers of G1 Thatcher comet the spotted back in 1861 while passing the earth.

The spring and summer season meteor shower season begins this month with the Lyrid meteor shower, which runs April 16-25, however peaks Sunday, April 22, however skywatchers might likewise see them on the days prior to and after the peak. The best time to view it will be after midnight and before dawn'.

The Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors, NASA said, though not as fast or as plentiful as the famous Perseids in August. In many previous years, the shower has been notably more active than expected.

May 6-7: The Eta Aquarids meteor shower, which ranges from April 19-May 28, is an above typical shower that can produce as numerous as 60 meteors an hour at its peak.

Accuweather says those watching the sky in the late night hours should be able to see Mars and Saturn in the southeast, and Mercury will be just above the eastern horizon before daybreak.

Luckily, the moon will not interfere with the 2018 Lyrid meteor shower, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com.

Since we'll be having a first quarter moon until 1:46 a.m. EST on Sunday, Travel + Leisure informs, nothing is expected to upstage the Lyrids by the time their peak rolls around.

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It's recommended that you step outside and look up at the sky 20 minutes before the shower is due to take place.

The good news is you don't need to locate the shower's radiant point in order to spot the falling Lyrids, states EarthSky.

The meteor shower gets its name because it appears from a point to the right of the blue-white star Vega, which is the brightest light in the constellation - Lyra the Harp.

Find out when it is and how you can see it. 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.

Even though the main event of this celestial display is announced for April 22, it wouldn't hurt to keep your eyes peeled on April 21 and 23 as well, EarthSky notes.

The Lyrid meteor shower is one of the oldest known, with sightings dating back to 687 B.C., reported Business Insider.

Adding to next weekend's excitement, stargazers will be delighted to know that the Lyrids are not the only meteor shower that will be going on in April.

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