Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

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 Lyrids meteor shower has been observed for about 2,700 years, according to NASA, and is one of the oldest known meteor showers.

Head outside before dawn on Sunday for the best view.

The Lyrids are understood for their quick and intense meteors, though not as quick or as abundant as the popular Perseids in August, Lyrids can amaze watchers with as lots of as 100 meteors seen per hour.

Experts say the Lyrid meteor shower will reach its peak on April 22, making it the time when it will be most visible.

The Lyrid meteor shower returns this week.

Grab some friends, warm blankets, and quick snacks and be prepared to be dazzled by natures very own light show!

This is because, during their peak interval, Lyrid meteors usually fall at a rate of 10 to 20 an hour - considerably more than one would be able to see on any other day of the meteor shower.

An outburst of Lyrid meteors is always a possibility, though no Lyrid outburst is predicted for 2018.

Any meteor visible will likely appear unexpectedly in any and all parts of the sky, you do not need to recognise a meteor shower's radiant point in order to see any meteors.

Since we'll be having a first quarter moon until 1:46 a.m. EST on Sunday, Travel + Leisure informs, nothing is expected to upstage the Lyrids by the time their peak rolls around. "After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors".

These can appear everywhere in the sky, but you can easily determine whether one is part of the Lyrids swarm by tracing its path backward to its "radiant"; if it appears to come from the general direction of the constellation Lyra - not far from the bright star Vega in the northeastern sky at dawn - it's nearly certainly part of the Lyrids swarm.

Where is the best place to see the Lyrid Meteor Shower?

The annual display is caused by the Earth passing through a cloud of debris from a comet called C/186 Thatcher. The shower happens when the earth crosses through debris from the comet Thatcher.

It's always remarkable to see how surprised people are when they spot a meteor, since bright meteors are not all that uncommon.

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