Lyrids meteor shower over Qatar sky Monday night

Lyrids meteor shower over Qatar sky Monday night

The meteors of the Lyrid shower are debris from Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1) hitting Earth's atmosphere about 60 miles up.

SPRING MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, NV - AUGUST 13: A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above desert pine trees on August 13, 2015 in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada.

The Lyrid meteor shower will peak next week.

The Lyrid showers also tend to produce outbursts of up to 100 meteors per hour, but those outbursts are hard to predict. This is the oldest recorded meteor shower, with records that describe it dating back more than 2,500 years to ancient China. The peak of the shower is expected to occur Tuesday morning, with another opportune viewing time frame between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. ET. To see them, don't concentrate directly on the radiant, be aware of the sky around it, which is where the bright streaks will appear.

The meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the bright star Vega, which rises in late evening and passes almost overhead shortly before dawn, the magazine said. Occasionally, the Lyrids can "storm". Unfortunately, a bright, gibbous moon will wash out all but the brightest meteors this year. However, moonlight will take away some of the views this year.

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Regardless of when you look, the key to watching a meteor shower is to go somewhere as dark as possible and make sure you give your eyes enough time to adjust - don't just dart outside to look at one; allow 20-30 minutes to adjust.

Cooke told Space.com that the Lyrids do occasionally produce outbursts of as many as 100 meteors per hour, but that those bursts are unpredictable.

Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

A bright moon can make viewing hard.

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