Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018: How and when to see it this weekend

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018: How and when to see it this weekend

The Lyrid meteor shower is one of the oldest known meteor showers.

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

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will dazzle the skies this weekend, hitting its peak on Saturday around dawn.

Earthsky.org said: "In 2018, the peak of this shower - which tends to come in a burst and usually lasts for less than a day - is expected to fall on the morning of April 22, with little or no interference from the waxing moon". Those few hours before dawn are the flawless 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. Here's what you need to know about the can't miss meteor shower. In some years, the shower heightens in exactly what's called an "outburst" and produce as much as 100 shooting stars.

The Lyrids are understood to be unpredictable and unforeseeable, however normally produce about 15 and 20 meteors an hour, lots of with tracks that last a couple of seconds and, sometimes, a couple of fireballs.

Lyrid meteors are quick, however not as quick as the Leonids, which are available in November, Cooke informed Space.com.

Since we're in the Northern Hemisphere, we're in a good position to see the meteor shower.

August 12-13: The yearly Perseids meteor shower, which runs July 17-Aug.

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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.

NASA advises spectators go outside bundled up, and lie flat on their backs for several minutes before the start of the shower so their eyes can adjust to the darkness.

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

The meteor shower gets its name because it appears from a point to the right of the blue-white star Vega, which is the brightest light in the constellation - Lyra the Harp.

The astronomical event is expected to produce as many as 20 shooting stars per hour - as long as the skies remain clear.

The shower happens when the earth crosses through debris from the comet Thatcher. They originate from comet Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861.

The Lyrids are known to be fast and bright meteors that can often surprise spectators.

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