Lyrids Meteor Shower 2020: Don’t miss these ‘fireballs in the sky’

The night sky at Exeter Observatory

The night sky at Exeter Observatory

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 22, 2020 - but will also be visible from April 16 through April 26. To the upper-right of the constellation Lyra is where the meteors will be found.

The Lyrids appear to radiate from the constellation Lyra in the northeastern nightsky, but any view up into the sky from a dark location will provide good viewing.

Annually, the Lyrid meteor bathe is predicted from round April 16 to 25, however this 12 months astronomers count on it to streak from Sunday to April 30.

This year's Lyrid shower is happening during the New Moon so it will not impede your view of the meteors.

Lyrids are pieces of debris from the periodic Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher that have been observed for more than 2,600 years. Just off the horizon, you can spot three planets in a line: Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter.

However, please note the viewing is subject to weather conditions. The next time the Lyrids will pass over Earth is in 2280 because they only orbit the Sun every 415 years.

During this period, the Moon will also benefit, by illuminated by an extra 1 percent.

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According to 10daily.com.au, the first Lyrid was recorded by stargazers in China in 687 BC, making it one of the oldest known meteor showers.

Shooting stars are actually tiny dust particles that glow when they enter Earth's atmosphere.

The next particularly strong meteor shower will be the Perseids in August.

He mentioned that some years, the meteor bathe can exhibit with round 100 meteors per hour, which he describes as an "outburst".

According to Space.com, those in the Northern Hemisphere have the best opportunity to see the showers because of the way the Earth will be orbiting during this time of year.

US-base4d space agency NASA recommends finding an area well away from city or street lights.

Those who want to witness the celestial display in the skies can look out for the Lyrids when it peaks in the early hours of April 21st to April 23rd. If you have a telescope, by all means, crack it out, but the meteor shower will be visible to the naked eye. "While the average Lyrid is fairly bright, this shower is not photogenic, unless you take time exposures during maximum activity".

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