Keep an eye on the sky for shooting stars this week

Keep an eye on the sky for shooting stars this week

The first meteor shower since January will light up the sky tonight and early tomorrow morning. The meteor shower will stay active for 10 days, with Wednesday being the peak of the light show. According to TimeAndDate, the Lyrids will be visible in India and will peak between 22nd-23rd April.

Don't forget to set your alarms!

The Lyrids meteor shower will make its annual appearance this Wednesday, April 22nd. According to Time And Date, we could (if we're lucky) see up to 18 meteors per hour.

The good news is that no special equipment is needed for viewing the Lyrid, NASA says. These trails sometimes glimmer for several seconds after the meteor has disappeared.

Keeping an eye on this constellation may be the best opportunity for city-dwellers to stand a chance of enjoying the spectacle despite interference from ambient light. Be sure to take a lawn chair or sleeping bag and a blanket or hot chocolate to keep warm. We just became astronomy teachers!

Finally, give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness.

There's no need to wait until August, however, since meteor showers occur frequently throughout the year. Meteoroids are small dust grains which are then distributed around the comet's orbit.

The routes of these meteors appear to be 7 degrees southwest of the bright blue-and-white star Vega in the little constellation Lyra if viewed in the backward direction, from one position in the sky. While these rates are relatively low compared to other meteor showers, the Lyrids have been known to produce some fireballs.

When will Comet Thatcher pass by again? Some of the chunks fall into the Earth's atmosphere, which is how we are sometimes able to see them. An outburst year could see the Lyrids sending as many as 60-100 meteors per hour, but that is not expected this year.

The shower is made up from debris from a comet called Thatcher, and is created as falling debris from the aforementioned comet as it burns up in Earth's atmosphere.

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