Lyrids Meteor shower to dazzle up the night sky

Katie Ramirez
April 24, 2019

This long-exposure photograph taken on April 23, 2015 on Earth Day shows Lyrids meteors shower passing near the Milky Way in the clear night sky of Thanlyin, almost 14 miles away from Yangon.

The meteor shower technically peaks overnight and before dawn Tuesday, but can be seen for a few more nights.

Although the Lyrids have been known to provide outbursts of as many as 100 meteors per hour, nothing like that is expected this year and 10-20 per hour is probable. The radiant of the meteor shower is located in the constellation Lyra, near this constellation's brightest star, Alpha Lyrae. (The moon rises earlier the night of April 21 than the night of April 22.) Otherwise, going out closer to 3 or 4 a.m. will put the radiant in the best spot for you to see meteors, although they'll be washed out by the moon.

There's no need to take binoculars or a telescope with you, just find a suitably dark area and hope there's not too much cloud.

The shower occurs this time each year when Earth's orbit crosses paths with that of Comet Thatcher.

Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

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To catch a glimpse of some shooting stars, skywatchers are advised to look up the night sky late Sunday night, early Monday morning or after midnight on Monday.

The best time to view the Lyrids is after moonset and before dawn in an area well away from city or street lights.

However, the reported meteor may not actually be related to the Lyrid meteor shower.

After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.

The Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors, NASA said, though not as fast or as plentiful as the famous Perseids in August.

"Every year the Earth passes through these debris trails, which allows the bits to collide with our atmosphere where they disintegrate to create fiery and colourful streaks in the sky".

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