Where to view the Lyrid Meteor Shower in San Diego

by Edgar Hayes April 21, 2018, 0:19
Where to view the Lyrid Meteor Shower in San Diego

However, the peak of the shower - where the meteors will fall at a rate of 10 to 20 per hour - will happen in the late hours of April 21/just before dawn on April 22.

Cooke told Space.com that the Lyrids are one of the oldest recorded showers, with observations going back to 687 B.C.

Keep your eyes on the skies when about 20 meteors streak across the sky every hour on April 22. After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.

Your best bet for seeing the action will come after the moon sets at around midnight local time.

Considered one of the strongest meteor showers in the celestial calendar, the Lyrids are usually active between April 16 and 26.

You don't need to know where the Lyra constellation is to enjoy the meteor shower.

When a meteoroid, a type of room rock that divides from an asteroid - a rocky body enters Earth's atmosphere A meteor creates.

"The Lyrid meteor shower will be the first significant meteor shower in a few months", AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel was quoted by the same site, noting that it will be the best display since January.

People who might find this particular spectacle interesting should head to darker areas and get out of the city and in that way escape the light pollution.

"The Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors, though not as fast or as plentiful as the famous Perseids in August, Lyrids can surprise watchers with as many as 100 meteors seen per hour", the USA space agency reports. This year, weather conditions to view the Lyrids are clear for much of the continental U.S. Parts of the northeast as well as southwestern states like Arizona and California will have the best views, with clear skies.

During the star party, the night sky will also feature Venus, the brightest planet; Jupiter, the second brightest; Sirius, the brightest star; Leo the Lion, the constellation that marks spring; and the brightest cluster of stars known as Seven Sisters.

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