Stunning Lyrid Meteor Shower To Light Up The Sky This Week

Stunning Lyrid Meteor Shower To Light Up The Sky This Week

Stunning Lyrid Meteor Shower To Light Up The Sky This Week

This year's Lyrid shower is happening during the New Moon so it will not impede your view of the meteors. If you happen to spot a fireball, notify the Society by using this form.

With the shelter-in-place guidelines across Georgia, viewers will have to observe this rare shower from their backyards or (for Midtown and Downtown Atlantans) balconies.

With a radiant in the constellation Lyra, near the star Vega, the Lyrids originate from debris left by the orbital pass of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1) which last visited the inner Solar System in 1861 and will not return until 2276. Why's that? The shower is one of the oldest meteor showers in history dating back to 687 BC, and in addition to being pretty darn attractive, there's a high chance you'll get to see your very first fireball.

These pieces enter the Earth's atmosphere and burn up, creating the meteor shower, or shooting stars, as we often refer to them.

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According to the Bronberg Weather Station, Earth will move through the centre of the comet's dust trail on the evening of Tuesday, 21 April 2020.

The Lyrids are a bit more muted than big banner meteor showers like the Perseids, an infamously bright and plentiful meteor shower that usually peaks in August. Lyrid will rise through the night sky, beginning at midnight, reaching its highest peak just before dawn.

Folks in the Northern Hemisphere will be in the good seats for this one, but we will still be able to see some of the action too.

Apart from the Lyrid meteor shower, Lenoids meteors and Geminids meteor can also be viewed during the months of November and December. In previous years, the Lyrids have showcase the brightest breed of meteor, which are literally called fireballs, Marcus Schneck reports for Syracuse.com. Here's what you need to know about where to look and when to watch. It is situated in the same vicinity as the Pictor, Dorado and Canna constellations. Instead, look at the sky as a whole, and the meteors will be more likely to appear with a long tail. The path of the Lyrid meteors can be traced backward, showing that it seems to radiate from the constellation of Harp and Lyra near the brilliant star known as Vega.

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