All you stargazing fans, rejoice! The Lyrid meteor showers are already happening and will peak starting Friday. Read on for more information about the event.
The Lyrids have been active for three days now and will last up to April 25, states Spacedex. The meteor showers are expected to peak in the mornings of April 22 and April 23. A peak meteor shower is defined as the moment of maximum activity and the time when most meteors are seen. In ideal conditions, stargazers can expect to see 10-20 Lyrids per hour.
However, there is a catch. According to PennLive, a full moon night during these days can hamper the ability to spot meteors. Despite the moon hurdle, stargazers all over the world are getting ready to witness the event.
If you are based in Sydney, Australia, Spacedex informs that the best time to view the Lyrids is from 11:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. (EDT) between April 21–23. Enthusiasts can book cabins in the wilderness if the city lights glow too brightly till late in the night. According to Blue Mountain cabins, Lyrids are expected to rise just after midnight in the southern hemisphere and move across to the northern sky.
According to Belfast Live, if you are based in the UK, you could consider spending the time at Strangford Lough which offers amazing sights of the shower. Enthusiasts can look at the Spacedex website to know the exact timings.
The Lyrid meteor showers are also known as the April Lyrids or just Lyrids. They radiate from a constellation known as Lyra which is situated near a bright star also known as Vegas, explains Penn Live. The source of the showers is the dust shed by comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1). These meteor showers are the oldest known to mankind and have been mentioned by Chinese astronomers in 687 BC.