Today is a big day for stargazers, as it’s the time when a new meteor shower will start shining on the night sky. The Lyrids radiate from the Lyra constellation, which is where they get their name from. Starting April 16th, the sky will shine bright with the shooting stars for about 10 days, until April 25th. Here is when and where you can witness the exquisite show of the meteors.
When will the Lyrids peak this year?
All meteors showers have a radiant point. That is the constellation or the cosmic formation where they start from. In the case of Lyrids, this radiant point is the Lyra constellation, just like their name suggests. This is probably one of the most popular meteor showers, so you should make sure you don’t miss it.
Even if it starts today, your best chance to see the Lyrids during their most beautiful moment is next weekend. The meteor shower will reach its peak on April 22nd, so you should spot at least one shooting star streaking across the dark sky. Get ready to stay up until morning, as the ideal moment to see a meteor shower is during the early hours of the day. Also, check out the weather forecast to make sure the sky won’t be cloudy.
Why are Lyrids so unique?
While Lyrids will stay active throughout these ten days, their peak is the perfect moment for watching. Whenever they reach this point, an outburst occurs. This means between 10 and 20 meteors visible per hour, which is a lot more than during a regular day. The Lyrids are well-known for some spectacular outbursts, when people could see even 100 meteors in an hour.
Unfortunately, next week’s Lyrids won’t be that impressive, so don’t expect the entire sky to be covered in falling stars. Even so, the astronomical event is not something worth missing. Go away from the city lights, find a quiet and dark place, and wait for the beautiful meteors to start coming down in breathtaking streaks.
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