Stunning Lyrid Meteor Shower To Light Up The Sky This Week

Stunning Lyrid Meteor Shower To Light Up The Sky This Week

If previous years of the Lyrids shower is anything to go by, you'll probably catch somewhere up to 25 zoomies happening - but maybe it could revert back to the peak of the 1982 shower, where one astronomer saw 90 Lyrids in an hour. Murray states we could see up to 25 meteors per hour during the peak Tuesday night. The local weather forecast by The Weather Channel forecast calls for partly cloudy skies tonight and tomorrow evening with a 20% chance of rain both nights. Tuesday night skies should clear after sunset.

In previous years, there have been "outbursts" of as many as 100 meteors per hour. But if you had to pick a specific time to head out and scan the heavens, around 2 a.m.

When it comes to time, it's best to wait until after midnight.

But it's usually worth watching the April meteor shower, just in case, the American Meteor Society says. So, this dark night sky will create excellent viewing conditions for the 2020 Lyrid meteor shower. Discover an open space with a large view of the sky. Be sure to take a lawn chair or sleeping bag and a blanket or hot chocolate to keep warm.

These springtime meteors get their name from the constellation Lyra, which also hosts the bright star Vega.

"Your clenched fist held at arm's length covers roughly 10 degrees of the sky".

The Lyrids appear to radiate close to the constellation Lyra and are bits of rock and dust left behind by the comet.

The Lyrid Meteor Shower is one of the oldest-known meteor showers, and it's active from April 16 to the 30th.

EarthSky reports that the annual Lyrid meteor shower owes its existence to a long trail of debris from Comet C/1861 G1 (Thatcher). The last time Thatcher visited our inner solar system was in 1861, and the comet isn't expected to return again until 2276. At those times, we're treated to a meteor shower.

And in contrast to 2019, the waning moon will permit a greater view of those shiny meteors.

"On that night, there may be 15 - 20 meteors per hour, but that is really a maximum". As dramatic as a meteor might appear, it mostly consists of specks no larger than a sand grain that plunge into our atmosphere from space and disintegrate at heights of 50 miles or so.

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