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 meteor shower sometimes bombards the sky with up to almost 100 meteors per hour. Also, there should be little to no interference from the moon. "Meteor watching requires plenty of patience, particularly with a medium-strength shower such as the Lyrids", wrote Paul Sutherland on Skymania.

The moon will cooperate this weekend as the annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks.

Depending on your location, skywatchers could see 15-20 meteors per hour, said the International Meteor Organization.

The Lyrid meteor shower happens annually, and according to a video from NASA'S Jet Propulsion Laboratory, it is active from April 14 until April 30 - and peaks on April 22.

Friday night's forecast is clear, so those determined to see a Lyrid meteor may want to consider looking skyward in the hours of early Saturday morning instead. This was the case in 1982, when American stargazers were treated to a stunning outburst of 100 Lyrid meteors per hour. According to NASA scientists, the meteor shower has been observed for more than 26,00 years.

For the Lyrid meteor shower, where to look in the night sky is not hugely important.

Find out when it is and how you can see it.

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The good news is you don't need to locate the shower's radiant point in order to spot the falling Lyrids, states EarthSky. The shower will intensify and produce more meteors as Vega climbs higher in the sky, so be mindful of the star's rising time. It is named after the constellation Lyra. 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. Again, just after midnight until dawn will be the best time to observe shooting stars.

Even though the main event of this celestial display is announced for April 22, it wouldn't hurt to keep your eyes peeled on April 21 and 23 as well, EarthSky notes.

The Lyrids can be seen from Earth each time our planet crosses the comet's ancient path and encounters the cosmic debris that Comet Thatcher left behind long ago.

The dazzling Lyrid meteor shower is starting this week.

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.

Where is the best place to see the meteor shower?

They originate from comet Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861.

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