April showers bring May flowers? Maybe these are not the showers you imagine, but you have the idea. If you are looking for something to do in this long Easter weekend, in addition to watching another episode of Game of Thrones, why not take a look at The Lyrid Meteor Shower? As a clock, the Lyrid Meteor Shower is generally active between April 16 and 25 of each year. But first, what is the Lyrid Meteor Shower?
The Lyrid meteor shower
Now the Lyrid meteor shower is nothing new. In fact, meteor shower has the honor of being among the oldest known meteor showers, with shower records coming back much more 2,500 years. The people of ancient China witnessed the annual light show, describing it as raindrops in the night sky during 687 BC
However, what is a meteor shower? For the uninitiated, a meteor shower is a common celestial event in which several meteors cross the night sky, sometimes thousands at a time, creating a beautiful shower of lights. Scribing lights are caused by debris entering the Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speeds in parallel trajectories.
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Comet Thatcher is a source of Lyrid meteorites. Every year, around this time, the planet Earth crosses the orbital path of the comet. However, interestingly, no scientist took a photo of the comet due to the fact that its orbit around the sun leads 415 years. The last time Comet Thatcher paid us a visit is in 1861 and we are not expected to return until 2276.
However, this comet is the origin of the Lyrid meteor shower. Small parts of the comet depart the celestial object by launching directly into the upper atmosphere of the Earth 177,000 km / h Creating the lights show, you will witness this weekend.
Where and how to see the Lyrid meteor shower
The beauty of checking out a meteor shower is that you do not need any special equipment or any crazy scientific skills. In fact, all you need is the right spot, a clear night sky and some sort of meteor map to keep you pointed in the right direction.
Compared to other Lyrid meteor showers it is not as high volume, but the meteor counts range from 10-20 per hour. You may be at a small disadvantage as the moon will still be almost full on Sunday and Monday. However, get as far away from light pollution as possible and find a location that gives you the highest point of observation in the night sky.
The Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks this week on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Try using the Meteor Weather Interactive Weather Map to help you watch your show and watch with pleasure.