Lyrid Meteor Shower coming up - Tucson News Now

Lyrid Meteor Shower coming up

Lyrids and others via NASA/MSFC/D. Moser Lyrids and others via NASA/MSFC/D. Moser

The annual Lyrid Meteor Shower is just around the corner for stargazers around the world.  While this year's shower is expected to be active between April 16th and the 25th, the peak will occur during the pre-dawn hours on the morning of April 22nd, according to Earthsky.com.  

The catch this year will be the timing of the full moon, which actually occurs during the peak night of the Lyrid Meteor Shower on the night of April 21st through the morning of April 22nd.  While this will not completely block the show, the fainter meteors will likely be washed out by the bright moonlight.  Even so, most sky watchers should be able to catch several meteors per hour.  A moonless night during the peak of the shower would typically produce 10 to 20 meteors per hour.  

If you plan to check out the shower you should be able to see the meteors by simply facing the northeast during the late evening hours and looking up.  If you trace the path of the Lyrid Meteors backwards, you will end up near the star Vega, which rises during the late evening hours this month.  The Lyrid Meteors will appear near Vega throughout the night, which will rise high in the sky just before dawn.  

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