How to Catch a Glimpse of This Weekend's Lyrid Meteor Shower

Eloise Marshall
April 18, 2018

There are times of the year, however, when we can see more meteors than usual and are treated to what astronomers know as a meteor shower.

If you're not able to make it out then, The Weather Network says that meteors may still be visible on April 21, so be sure to check the night sky on Saturday as well.

The Lyrid is considered to be one of the oldest meteor showers known.

Getty Lyrid meteor shower 2018: When to see the Lyrid meteor shower? Experts have predicted the exact day the Lyrid meteor shower will happen as well as when it will hit its peak, so read on for viewing tips. Those few hours before dawn are the flawless time to find a great spot away from the busy city lights, lie back in the crisp morning air and enjoy the stunning display on the dark, moonless sky. According to NASA scientists, the meteor shower has been observed for more than 26,00 years.

When is the Lyrid meteor shower this year?

Just like every April, the Lyrid shower will peak around April 22-23, and a few hours before dawn will be your best bet at seeing it if you're willing to get up early (or stay up late).

"Don't expect to see something as soon as you start looking!"

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The good news is you don't need to locate the shower's radiant point in order to spot the falling Lyrids, states EarthSky.

The meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the bright star Vega, which rises in late evening and passes almost overhead shortly before dawn, the magazine said.

They had seen a brilliant meteor exploding in the sky just over my shoulder.

The astronomical event is expected to produce as many as 20 shooting stars per hour - as long as the skies remain clear.

The annual display is caused by the Earth passing through a cloud of debris from a comet called C/186 Thatcher.

When Earth crosses the comet's orbital path each year in April, the debris collides with our planet's atmosphere at a speed of 109,600 miles per hour. They originate from comet Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861.

The Lyrids are known to be fast and bright meteors that can often surprise spectators.

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