At its peak, the Lyrids will produce in between 15 and 20 meteors an hour, and the very best time to see the program is early in the early morning before dawn on April 22. But you'll have multiple chances to see it before then, as the shower starts as early as tomorrow evening on April 16, 2018, and lasts until April 25, 2018.
The Lyrids appear to originate from the constellation Lyra, which gives the shower its name, but they are best viewed with by looking away from the radiant. In mid-April of each year, Earth runs into the stream of cosmic debris from the comet which causes the Lyrid meteor shower and the resulting shooting stars seen from Earth. Night skywatchers will be able to find Vega and Lyra high in the eastern sky a few hours after midnight in April.
The early-morning hours tend to be the most favorable time for viewing. According to the NASA, the number of meteor shower can fluctuate depending on various factors, however, it can go up to 20 meteors per hour in a moonless and dark night. 24, is usually among the very best of the year, producing from 60 to 100 meteors an hour at its peak.
Though the 2018 Lyrid meteor shower will not be featuring an outburst of such incredible proportions, next week's event will be spectacular nonetheless.
The Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors, though not as fast or as plentiful as the famous Perseids in August, Lyrids can surprise watchers with as many as 100 meteors seen per hour. The moon will run out the method and will have set before the Lyrids kick up, so, depending upon climate condition in Tennessee, this program needs to be a victor.
Lyrid meteors are quick, however not as quick as the Leonids, which are available in November, Cooke informed Space.com. Lie flat on your back with your feet facing east and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. "After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors", NASA said.
The good news is you don't need to locate the shower's radiant point in order to spot the falling Lyrids, states EarthSky.
To spot this meteor shower, you'll want to look toward the star Vega, which rises above the horizon in the northeast at 9 or 10 p.m. local time and moves upward as the night progresses, EarthSky also said.
"Any meteors visible the sky will likely appear unexpectedly, in any and all parts of the sky", clarifies the media outlet.
July 28-29: The Delta Aquarids meteor shower, produced by particles left by the comets Marsden and Kracht, ranges from July 12-Aug. 23. Be patient-the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse. Lyrids Meteor shower is one of the oldest known shower ever recorded in the history.
The Lyrid meteor shower is underway, and stargazers will have a full week to spot a shooting star.
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.
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