Where And When You Can Witness the Lyrids Meteor Shower

Composite image of Lyrid and not Lyrid meteors over New Mexico from April 2012. Image via NASA MSFC Danielle Moser

Composite image of Lyrid and not Lyrid meteors over New Mexico from April 2012. Image via NASA MSFC Danielle Moser

In 2018 the best day to view the shower will be the morning of Sunday, April 22.

The Met Office says, 'This year the Lyrid Meteor Shower will be visible from 16-25 April, peaking on 22 April.

The last Lyrid outburst remained in 1982, inning accordance with Earthsky.org, which stated USA skywatchers were dealt with to an incredible program that year. In some years, the shower heightens in exactly what's called an "outburst" and produce as much as 100 shooting stars.

One of the oldest known meteor shower is set to light up the sky this month.

" Individuals state there is some periodicity there", Cooke informed Space.com, "however the information does not support that".

Getty Lyrid meteor shower 2018: When to see the Lyrid meteor shower?

The shower will be active between April 16-25.

According to EarthSky, the waxing moon isn't expected to get in the way.

It's recommended that you step outside and look up at the sky 20 minutes before the shower is due to take place. Do not forget to allow your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the dark, The Indy Channel advises, and enjoy the magnificent show. Observers there said the Lyrids were "falling like rain".

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The meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the bright star Vega, which rises in late evening and passes almost overhead shortly before dawn, the magazine said.

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

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 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.

The Lyrids Meteor shower was observed and documented for the past 2600 years when the earth goes orbiting near the Lyra constellation that homes one of the brightest stars, Vega.

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.

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.

The fireball like shooting stars also can be expected but it is a rare case.

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