Now Showing: Venus and a meteor shower over Edmonton skies

Now Showing: Venus and a meteor shower over Edmonton skies

Better set those alarms! In reality, the latest national weather forecast shows pre-dawn temperatures in the north and the northeast U.S. and Great Lakes as well as parts of the Northern and central Rockies on or below Wednesday freezing.

While telescopes would enhance the fidelity for viewers, the meteors can usually be seen with the naked eye.

The Lyrid meteor shower will be in full effect in some regions - thanks to clear skies and a new moon - on Tuesday night.

You may have some free time because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so why not spend it looking for some shooting stars.

If you have a garden, head out there. "If you do look directly at the radiant, you will find that the meteors will be short-this is an effect of perspective called foreshortening". Watching meteors, just like any other kind of stargazing, is a waiting game, and you need to be comfortable.

"The best way to view the shower is to get comfortable, and look out to the north". The fastest belongs to the Leonids meteor shower, which hit the atmosphere at around 158,800 miles per hour.

The Lyrid Meteor Shower gets its name from the constellation Lyra.

Thus, the Lyrid meteor streams are groups of meteoroids originating from dust grains ejected from the comet.

Asteroids and meteors produce a bright explosion of fire when they hit the atmosphere as it is the first time the space rock has ever met resistance.

She told PA on Tuesday night: "We might see up to 18 meteors per hour and maybe even the occasional fireball".

The comet is not predicted to return again until 2276. Back in 1982 a peak of 90 meteors per hour was recorded!

Videos from NASA reveal bright fireball falling to Earth as our planet's orbit passes through the debris of Comet Thatcher (officially known as C/1861 G1 Thatcher).

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