Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018: How and when to see it this weekend

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018: How and when to see it this weekend

(The very first taped sighting of a Lyrid meteor shower returns to 687 BC by the Chinese.). Do not forget to allow your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the dark, The Indy Channel advises, and enjoy the magnificent show. The shower will intensify and produce more meteors as Vega climbs higher in the sky, so be mindful of the star's rising time.

The Lyrid meteor shower is active every year around April 16 to 25 and has the distinction of being among the oldest of meteor showers. The oldest meteor shower of all, the Lyrid meteor shower, begins in mid-April and continues for almost the rest of the month. In general, 10-20 Lyrid meteors can be seen per hour during their peak.

The annual meteor shower is active each year from about April 16 to April 25, Earthsky.org said.

On rare occasions, stargazers are treated to an impressive display of more than 50 Lyrids per hour, as they were in 1803, 1922 and 1982.

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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.

The moon is least likely to interfere in the early hours of 22 April - although it'll also be visible just before dawn on 21 and 22 April according to Earthsky.

Because we remain in the Northern Hemisphere, we remain in a great position to see the meteor shower.

Will we see the Lyrid Meteor Shower in MI?

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Meteors that appear to come from some other direction are what astronomers call sporadic meteors - random flecks of cosmic schmutz that just happen to collide with our planet.

The meteor shower gets its name because it appears from a point to the right of the blue-white star Vega, which is the brightest light in the constellation - Lyra the Harp. But meteors should be visible across the sky.

Accuweather says those watching the sky in the late night hours should be able to see Mars and Saturn in the southeast, and Mercury will be just above the eastern horizon before daybreak.

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.

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When is the next meteor shower?

That begins on April 19 and last until May 28, peaking on the night of May 5 and into May 6. Viewers in Australia will have the best view of the meteor shower on Monday, April 23 between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. local time.

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