Don’t Miss This Mystical Lyrid Meteor Shower On Wednesday Night
News from the next galaxy: the Lyrid Meteor Shower will take place on April 22, this Wednesday night. Experts have predicted that if it’s your lucky day, you might get to see 10-20 meteors per hour.
Moreover, you won’t even need any instruments like a telescope or binoculars to view the spactacle. All you have to do is show up on a rooftop or any clear sky and wait till midnight for Nature’s show to begin. The meteor shower is expected to last till the early hours of April 23.
“This should be an exciting experience,” said Slooh astronomer Bob Berman. “Typically, Lyrids produce a gratifying number of fireballs, which is surprising since their moderate speeds of 30 miles per second is only about 75% that of the August Perseids or November Leonids.”
Luckily, this week’s event coincides with the crescent moon, which means it will be the ideal time to spot meteors as the moon will be waning to a thin slice in the sky.
“This year the moon will be a waxing crescent only 1/15th the brightness of a full moon,” said Berman, “and it will set early, allowing excellent dark sky conditions for this shower.”
The Slooh Community Observatory will be broadcasting the upcoming Lyrid Meteor Shower with latest low-light equipment installed at their Canary Islands Observatory. The live broadcast is to start at 00:00 UTC (8/22).
Observers in the Northern Hemisphere are well located to view the Lyrids. Those in mid Southern Hemisphere latitudes will be able to view the shower between midnight and dawn.