Lyrid Meteor Shower

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018

Skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere will have a chance to see the Lyrid meteor shower between April 16 and April 25. The best day to see them, weather permitting, will be extremely early in the morning on Sunday, April 22.

Lyrid meteor

Meteor showers occur when the Earth crosses the path of a comet, colliding with a trail of comet crumbs. As they burn up in the atmosphere, the meteors leave bright streaks in the sky commonly referred to as "shooting stars”.

You don't need any kind of special equipment to see the meteors; just look up at the dark sky, be patient and enjoy the show.

Lyrid meteors are little pieces of Comet Thatcher, a long-period comet that orbits the sun about once every 415 years. Pieces of debris left in the comet's wake appear every year. The Lyrids are one of the oldest recorded showers, with observations going back to 687 B.C. You don't need any kind of special equipment to see the meteors; just look up at the dark sky, be patient and enjoy the show.

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