The Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week

The Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week

The Lyrid meteor shower is returning for its annual dance across night skies, and despite a brighter-than-usual moon, stargazers can still follow a few steps to make sure they get the best glimpse.

"Many areas in the North and Central regions can view the meteor shower".

The moon was full Friday, so it will still be quite bright in the early morning hours over the weekend and during the peak. In a statement Sunday, QCH astronomy expert Dr Beshir Marzouk said the Lyrids meteor shower - created by debris from Comet Thatcher - is usually active from April 16 to 25 every year, while its peak occurs from the evening of April 22 until the dawn of April 23.

These meteors radiate from the constellation lyra the Harp, near the star Vega.

"Simply find a dark, open sky away from artificial lights", the US space agency writes on its website.

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Unfortunately for first-time viewers of the Lyrid, the comet Thatcher from which the showers are derived made its rare appearance to observers a year ago and won't be coming back for viewing any time soon.

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

Can you still see the Lyrid meteors tonight?

The radiant point is the spot in the sky from, which the meteors appear to break out into the Earth's atmosphere. Whichever night you look, here are some tips for viewing the burning-up dust and debris left behind by Comet Thatcher in its trek around the solar system.

NASA advises star-gazers to go somewhere as dark as possible and give their eyes up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness. For the best viewing stay away from city lights and look away from the moon, which will also be quite bright, as it is nearly full.

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