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Dennis Mammana: Lyrids Meteor Shower to Offer Grand Show in the Sky

18 April 2018

The Lyrid meteor shower is one of the oldest known meteor showers. "T$3 he show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse".

The Lyrids are understood for their quick and intense meteors, though not as quick or as abundant as the popular Perseids in August, Lyrids can amaze watchers with as lots of as 100 meteors seen per hour.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will dazzle the skies this weekend, hitting its peak on Saturday around dawn. The Lyrid meteor shower will go on for nearly the rest of the month, lasting until April 25.

The Met Office says, 'This year the Lyrid Meteor Shower will be visible from 16-25 April, peaking on 22 April.

Though the 2018 Lyrid meteor shower will not be featuring an outburst of such incredible proportions, next week's event will be spectacular nonetheless.

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Luckily, the moon will not interfere with the 2018 Lyrid meteor shower, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com.

Vega, the brightest star in the constellation, will rise over the horizon in the northeast around 9 to 10 p.m.in the northern hemisphere, according to EarthSky.

It's recommended that you step outside and look up at the sky 20 minutes before the shower is due to take place.

The good news is you don't need to locate the shower's radiant point in order to spot the falling Lyrids, states EarthSky.

Accuweather said this weekend's shower will radiate from east-northeast near the Lyra constellation, which is how the shower earned its name.

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"Any meteors visible the sky will likely appear unexpectedly, in any and all parts of the sky", clarifies the media outlet.

Where is the very best location to see the Lyrid Meteor Shower?

The Lyrids occurs when the Earth slams into the dusty debris expelled by the ancient Comet Thatcher.

When Earth crosses the comet's orbital path each year in April, the debris collides with our planet's atmosphere at a speed of 109,600 miles per hour. The shower happens when the earth crosses through debris from the comet Thatcher.

The next one, called Eta Aquarids meteor shower, is set to begin on April 19 and will last until May 28.

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Dennis Mammana: Lyrids Meteor Shower to Offer Grand Show in the Sky