The Lyrid meteor shower began yesterday, and people all around the world can see it, and enjoy this marvelous gift from Nature. It is visible from every single place on Earth, and folks can see from dozen to hundred shooting stars per hour.
The first recorded appearance was 2,700 years ago. From then so on, it became an annual event that drops the jaws of stargazers through the northern and southern hemispheres.
As we announced, the Lyrid meteor shower started on April 16, it will be active until April 25, and its peak is expected to be on April 21, and the early hours of April 22.
“The Lyrid meteor shower – April’s shooting stars – lasts from about April 16 to 25. About 10 to 15 meteors per hour can be expected around the shower’s peak, in a dark sky” (McClure & Byrd, 2020). Go out and see this festival of shooting stars!#astronomy #greatlakes #darkskys pic.twitter.com/XcckschjOm
A meteor shower appears as a result of Earth passing among the dusty trail of an age-old comet while it is orbiting around the Sun. That is how it creates the meteor shower or ‘shooting stars.’ Those particles get in the atmosphere with a speed of 134,000 mph.
The name of the meteor shower is Lyrid, because of the connection with Lyra the Harp constellation, located in North East, where they originated from.
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Maybe this shower is not as astonishing as the one in August (Perseid), but it has something special, and that is the amazingly bright meteors. The experts and astronomers have estimated and hope that there will be from ten to twenty meteors visible with the naked eye an hour.
The Lyrids have been known to surge but again, it is not something we can predict accurately
This year the shooting stars are taking place in the time of New Moon, which signifies that the sky will be dark and beautiful. And if the weather is good, we will have some fantastic nine nights to look at the Lyrid meteor shower.
The best thing here is that, for now, we don’t need anything else except our eyes to look at the marvelous sky, and observe the shooting stars.
Enjoy Nature’s gift.
As time is passing by, we are approaching