Heads up, stargazers: The Lyrid meteor shower has quite a show in the sky ready for you. From April 16 to April 25, this spectacular display of shooting stars is set to delight people all over the world — and you’re definitely going to want a front-row seat.
What is the Lyrid meteor shower?
The Lyrid meteor shower is made up of pieces from Comet Thatcher, which orbits the sun about every 415 years, according to Space.com. Though the comet itself obviously doesn’t make an appearance too often, the debris left in its wake comes around every year, making the Lyrid meteor shower an annual affair. (In case you’re curious, the comet probably won’t be visible again on Earth until 2276 — don’t hold your breath!) This year, skywatchers might expect to see about 10 to 20 meteors per hour, and the good news is that the moon will be out of the way, setting before the optimal viewing hours.
How to Watch the Lyrid Meteor Shower
The Lyrid meteor shower lasts for a little more than a week total, but the peak is expected to happen on the morning of April 22, according to EarthSky.org. No matter where you live in the world, you can expect to see the most meteors in the few hours before dawn begins. The fact that the moon will not interfere is a definite plus for folks who want to see a lot of shooting stars; however, it’s worthwhile to note that it’s always best to view these showers in a dark, country sky — weather-permitting of course. While meteor showers can be a bit unpredictable, the good news is that you don’t need any special equipment to view the Lyrid meteor shower — you just need patience and a sharp eye.
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