Lyrid meteor shower starts tonight

April Lyrids Meteor Shower

April Lyrids Meteor Shower

The meteor shower Watching is the indirect term of waiting and calmness so get settled and hold tight until the first one shows out. The Lyrids start Monday and last one week, with the best viewing set for next weekend.

Brief but hopefully attractive, the shower lasts from April 16 to about April 25, peaking this year on the morning of April 22.

This is because, during their peak interval, Lyrid meteors usually fall at a rate of 10 to 20 an hour - considerably more than one would be able to see on any other day of the meteor shower.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower is just around the corner, which gives stargazers worldwide a modicum of time to prepare for the cosmic treat that will unfold during the next week and a half. Historically, heavy showers have been recorded every 60 years which means, the next outburst can be expected around in 2042. And more than just the amount of meteors, the Lyrids produce spectacular ones that are bright and fast.

The following is some tips from NASA on how to view the Lyrids.

The known ever oldest Lyrids meteor shower can be witnessed annually but the cosmetic event can be witnessed for more than a week this year.

Lyrids, it is one of the fast and bright meteors shower peaking at 18 meteors per hour and it can rack up to 100 during its span. It's a typical program, producing about 20 meteors an hour at its peak, however an nearly moon will be bothersome.

Lyrids are also known to leave "glowing dust trains" in the sky, but viewers have to be on the look-out to catch them as they only last a few seconds.

Lyrid meteors will appear to radiate from this position in the sky on April 22, 2018; here shown at 1 a.m. local time over New York City. Find an area well away from city or street lights.

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.

Although no outburst is predicted for 2018's Lyrids, with a bit of luck and a lot of dark, you might still catch some handsome meteors. Be patient-the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse. Every year the Earth passes through these debris trails, which allows the bits to collide with our atmosphere where they disintegrate to create fiery and colorful streaks in the sky. But it was only in 1867 when astronomer Gottfried Galle proposed a link between Lyrids meteors and comet G1 Thatcher and later went on to prove it as well.

You can simply go out and watch the meteor shower without firstly identifying the Lyra constellation or its brightest star, Vega.

According to its origin, Lyrid meteors are believed to be leftovers debris that escaped the comet G1 Thatcher that was first observed on April 5, 1861, over NY by astronomer A.E. Thatcher who named it as "G1 Thatcher". Vega belongs to the group of brightest stars in the cosmos which is highly luminous and visible even in the light-polluted areas when the stars aren't visible. If you do look directly at the radiant, you will find that the meteors will be short-this is an effect of perspective called foreshortening. The Lyrid meteor shower will go on for nearly the rest of the month, lasting until April 25. The constellation is not the source of the meteors.