Lyrid Meteor Shower is Finally here; Don’t Miss the Shooting Stars

Lyrid Meteor Shower is Finally here; Don’t Miss the Shooting Stars

The annual Lyrid meteor shower is starting. Every year it is realized about April 16 to 25. And this year it is going to fall on the morning of April 22 “with little or no interference from the waxing moon” as mentioned Earthsky. It is supposed to fall the greatest number of meteors during the few hours before dawn. You have an opportunity to see from about 10 to 2o Lyrid meteors an hour at the shower’s peak on the morning of April 22. In 2018, the waxing moon will set before the primetime morning hours. Earthsky indicated “In 1982, American observers did see an outburst of nearly 100 Lyrid meteors per hour. Around 100 meteors per hour were seen in Greece in 1922 and from Japan in 1945. If you see a meteor … notice whether it leaves a persistent train – that is, an ionized gas trails that glows for a few seconds after the meteor has passed. About a quarter of Lyrid meteors do leave persistent trains.” Sunday is expected to be a great day to relax, you can see the shooting stars with the naked eye, you don’t need any telescope. In fact, meteors can appear all over the sky so it’s best to have as wide a field of view as possible. To find the best view enjoying the shooting stars is avoiding the cities and head to an area with low light pollution. Dark, country skies can yield a clearer sky, so it’s best to avoid areas packed with street lights, bright shop windows and illuminated skyscrapers. In accordance with Earthsky

“The Lyrid meteor shower offers 10 to 20 meteors per hour at its peak on a moonless night. The peak numbers are expected to fall on the morning of April 22, 2018. Try watching on April 21 and 23, too. The light of the waxing moon won’t greatly interfere with 2018’s Lyrid shower, because it’ll set before the peak viewing hours.”

Source:earthsky.org