Lyrid meteor showers expected to peak on Saturday

Lyrid meteor showers expected to peak on Saturday

In the article "All You Need to Know: Lyrid Meteors", the organization writes, "It's active each year from about April 16 to 25".

Here's another great reason to head outdoors this week: the annual Lyrid meteor shower is already showing, and there might be 10 to 20 "shooting stars" per hour at the expected peak Saturday morning. They are pieces of debris from the periodic Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher which can be seen from Earth each year from mid-April, as the planet runs into the stream of debris from the comet. Another is an over estimation of the number of meteors per hour.

Those in the Northern Hemisphere, especially Europe, will see the light show vividly.

"Meteor showers are notorious for being fickle so you really never know for sure what's in store unless you watch", EarthSky notes.

This will be an excellent year for viewing the Lyrids as the peak falls just a few days after the new moon, thus light from the moon will not interfere with viewing conditions.

The meteor shower gets its name because its radiant is located near Alpha Lyrae, the brightest star of the constellation Lyra.

If you aren't keen on awaking super early to see the meteors, or staying up very late, there are other sights in the night sky.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that its first baby falcon of 2017 hatched around 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday. However, despite the meteors originating from the same point, they will appear in all areas of the sky as they streak away from the point in all directions. The meteors will look as if they were coming from that star.

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