Lyrid Meteor shower scheduled to light up the April Skies

Lyrid Meteor shower scheduled to light up the April Skies

The spring and summer season meteor shower season begins this month with the Lyrid meteor shower, which runs April 16-25, however peaks Sunday, April 22, however skywatchers might likewise see them on the days prior to and after the peak.

You can watch this lovely show in the early morning before dawn on April 22 and the weather condition should be clear in North Carolina so that this will be a successful show.

What locations are best for the Lyrids 2018?

Just make sure you are nowhere near the city where artificial light dims the view.

This is because, during their peak interval, Lyrid meteors usually fall at a rate of 10 to 20 an hour - considerably more than one would be able to see on any other day of the meteor shower.

The Lyrids are understood to be unpredictable and unforeseeable, however normally produce about 15 and 20 meteors an hour, lots of with tracks that last a couple of seconds and, sometimes, a couple of fireballs.

After the meteor shower in April 2018 is over, the next will be the Eta Aquarids meteor shower.

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The peak of the Lyrid shower is essentially a burst of meteors, which typically lasts for less than a day and can, on occasion, reach remarkable numbers of up to 100 meteors or more (a phenomenon called an "outburst"). You can simply go out and watch the meteor shower without firstly identifying the Lyra constellation or its brightest star, Vega. Sightings of these heavier showers occurred in 1803 (Virginia), 1922 (Greece), 1945 (Japan), and 1982 (U.S.).

The Lyrid meteor shower is believed to be the oldest one we've ever know and originates from a long-period comet called Comet Thatcher, which orbits the sun about once every 415 years. Vega belongs to the group of brightest stars in the cosmos which is highly luminous and visible even in the light-polluted areas when the stars aren't visible. Look east and you can't miss it. When Earth passes through it, the meteors create a stunning shower. It prefers the Southern Hemisphere, however must still be an excellent show in the Northern Hemisphere with about 30 meteors an hour.

Meteors come from leftover comet particles and bits from broken asteroids. The Lyrids occurs when the Earth slams into the dusty debris expelled by the ancient Comet Thatcher. These occur when the Earth encounters swarms of interplanetary dust particles - most only the size of a grain of sand - and we can see dozens falling every hour.

The Lyrids are debris from Comet Thatcher, which was officially discovered and named by A.E. Thatcher on its most recent approach to the solar system in 1861. As the name suggests, the meteors appear to come from the small constellation of Lyra, the harp, which is rising in the eastern sky at dusk. Lyrids appear to particularly radiate out from the star Vega-Vega is the brightest star within this constellation.

So, grab a warm blanket to shield you from the cool morning air and head out to a secluded place outside the city, lie down on the grass or on the hood of your vehicle with your feet pointing east and look up.

Luckily, the moon will not interfere with the 2018 Lyrid meteor shower, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com. The constellation is not the source of the meteors.

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