Lyrid meteor shower starts Monday night

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May 6-7: The Eta Aquarids meteor shower, which ranges from April 19-May 28, is an above typical shower that can produce as numerous as 60 meteors an hour at its peak.

The greatest number of meteors will fall during the few hours before dawn. The meteor shower stems from the constellation Lyra to the northeast of Vega, among the brightest stars noticeable in the night sky this time of year, however meteors will show up from throughout the sky. Now we are not about to witness that like outbursting even in this week but the usual Lyrid showers are one of the spectacular things of the spring night. Those few hours before dawn are the ideal time to find a great spot away from the busy city lights, lie back in the crisp morning air and enjoy the stunning display on the dark, moonless sky.

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

According to EarthSky, the waxing moon isn't expected to get in the way.


The Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors, NASA said, though not as fast or as plentiful as the famous Perseids in August. In some years, the shower heightens in exactly what's called an "outburst" and produce as much as 100 shooting stars. It is named after the constellation Lyra.

So, grab a warm blanket to shield you from the cool morning air and head out to a secluded place outside the city, lie down on the grass or on the hood of your vehicle with your feet pointing east and look up. One can easily spot the shower in the dark sky right after the nightfall in the less artificial light area as the darkness increases the chance of spotting.

Nevertheless, you can still gauge the best time to watch the Lyrid meteor shower on your sky by knowing the rising time of the radiant point.

Find out when it is and how you can see it.


It's caused when Earth passes through a region of the solar system where there's lots of debris from a comet called C/186 Thatcher - which was discovered in 1861. Last time Comet Thatcher came close to the sun was in 1861 and it is expected to return nearly 260 years from now, in 2276.

And though the calendar may recommend we're due for another one- Lyrid outbursts may take place usually take place in 30-year periods- NASA meteor specialist Costs Cooke anticipates a typical program this year.

The fireball like shooting stars also can be expected but it is a rare case.


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