How To Watch The Lyrid Meteor Shower In Australia

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 22, 2018

Lyrids, one of the oldest known annual meteor showers, is set to reach in a few days, giving sky-watchers an wonderful show of shooting stars in the night sky. This will be true wherever you are, and you don't need to worry about time zones or any weird, location-specific instructions.

What is the Lyrid meteor shower?

The Lyrids, which take their name from the constellation Lyra where they appear to emanate, are visible every April.

Lyrids are one of the oldest seen meteor showers, having been observed at least since 687 B.C. They streak across the sky when Earth passes through the trail of debris left behind by Comet Thatcher, officially known as C/1861 G1. There's a meteor shower on Earth Day, and we can't think of a better way to pay tribute to our planet than that.

How many meteors will I see?

The event started earlier this week and will continue till the mid of next, but in order to catch the best views, sky-gazers will have to head out during the peak hours on the night of Saturday or early Sunday morning. Every 60 years there is a more dramatic outburst where the Lyrids can exceed 90 meteors per hour.

A spectacular celestial show is in the offing as scientists expect the Lyrid meteor shower to peak shortly before dawn on April 22.

Later in the night, Mars, Mercury, and Saturn may be seen by anyone watching the shower - especially if you're in the southeast U.S. It sounds like it's going to be quite a show, so make your plans now - you're not going to want to miss this.

The best place and time to view the meteor shower is the Northern Hemisphere during the dark hours, after moonset and before dawn, according to NASA.

Artificial light will ruin your night vision. "Find an area well away from city or street lights".

Most of all be patient, meteors don't run on a schedule.

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