Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018: How And Where To Watch In April

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 16, 2018

(Helpful Hint: Vega is one of the brightest stars in the night sky and is easy to spot in even light-polluted areas.) The constellation of Lyra is also where we get the name for the shower: Lyrids. Of course, I immediately took credit for producing the spectacle as a dramatic opening to my show, but sadly, no one believed me.

All meteor showers happen when the Earth crosses the path of a comet and hit the path of comet particles, making their event foreseeable.

Although the 2018 Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 22-23, there's a rule of thumb for stargazers that applies to all meteor showers: look after midnight.

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.

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

Their radiant-the point in the sky from which the Lyrids appear to come from-is the constellation Lyra, the harp. That's called the radiant by astronomers. It would be best to wait until the moon has set. The meteor shower stems from the constellation Lyra to the northeast of Vega, among the brightest stars noticeable in the night sky this time of year, however meteors will show up from throughout the sky.

What locations are best for the Lyrids 2018?

The meteors are traditionally intense, and this need to be an excellent year for skywatchers since a thin crescent moon ought to produce dark skies. The train of light from the meteors can be observed for a few seconds after it passes. Picking a dark sky site is doubly important for Lyrid meteors because they tend to be rather faint, but anywhere out of town with low horizons will work well.

A particularly active shower in 1803 led a Richmond, Virginia, newspaper reporter to comment, "From 1 until 3 in the morning, those starry meteors seemed to fall from every point in the heavens, in such numbers as to resemble a shower of sky rockets".

What causes the Lyrid shooting stars?

The shooting stars phenomenon occurs when the Earth is traveling through debris and dust particles spread across the solar system.

The Lyrid meteors are said to be leftover debris from the comet G1 Thatcher that was spotted in the NY night sky on April 5, 1861, by astronomer A.E Thatcher. It was last observed in the solar system in 1861 and will return only in 2276.

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.

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

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.

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