Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks April 22 and 23

Every year when the Earth passes through the debris, it allows for the colorful bits to collide with its atmosphere, where they disintegrate, creating fiery and colorful streaks in the sky.

People in the Northern Hemisphere, including Qatar, have a good chance of seeing the Lyrids meteor shower as it will illuminate the sky from this evening until dawn Tuesday, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has said. Known for their fast, bright meteors, the Lyrids are one of the oldest known meteor showers'. Up to 18 meteors are expected per hour, but the brightness from the full moon may make them less visible. Earthsky said that for example, in 1982, American observers saw an outburst of almost 100 Lyrid meteors per hour.

"It is actually better to view the Lyrids away from their radiant: They will appear longer and more spectacular from this perspective".

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky.

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The annual display is caused by the Earth passing through a cloud of debris from a comet called C/186 Thatcher.

Typically, the Lyrid meteor shower can showcase between 10 and 20 meteors per hour during the peak, but it's hard to estimate how many will be visible.

The Lyrids begin as tiny specks of dust that hit Earth's atmosphere at 109,600 miles per hour, vaporizing from friction with the air and leaving behind the streaks of light we call meteors, Astronomy magazine reported. Be sure to dress warmly, if you're somewhere cold, and get somewhere comfortable to sit where you can lean back and look at the whole sky. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness - without looking at your phone - so meteors are easier to spot.

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