Lyrid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where And How To See The Spectacular Celestial Show

Posted: Apr 20 2017, 1:13am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 20 2017, 1:19am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where and How to See the Spectacular Celestial Show
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The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks this year on early morning of April 22

Skywatchers in Northern Hemisphere will get a spectacular view of shooting stars later this month.

The 2017 Lyrid meteor shower was started on April 16 and last till April 25. But it will reach its peak on Saturday, April 22. Moreover, there will be no full moon, so, its light will not interfere with the view. The darker background could provide a better chance to watch the celestial event.

Lyrid meteor shower occurs at the same time every year. These are bits and pieces of debris from the comet Thatcher and have been observed for the past 2,600 years, making them one of the oldest known meteor shower.

Like other comets, Thatcher also travels through the solar system and burns up as it reaches near the sun. The last time comet came to perihelion or closest approach to the Sun in June 1861.

Lyrid can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at their peak, but there can be some remarkable exceptions. For instance, an outburst of around 90 Lyrid meteors per hour was seen back in 1982. But in recent years they have generally been lower in numbers. This year, the most meteors are expected to fall in dark hours before dawn on April 22.

Lyrid meteor shower seems to radiate near the bright star Vega in the constellation of Lyra. But its location won’t have any effect on viewing. Lyrid meteors will be visible from every part of the sky. However, they will burst onto the sky randomly and at any time.

No special equipment is needed to watch Lyrid shower. A dark open sky away from artificial lights will be good enough to see Lyrid fireballs.

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