The annual Lyrid meteor shower formally began Thursday and can keep energetic for about 10 days, with the height viewing window late Tuesday into Wednesday morning, according to the Griffith Observatory. You’ll be able to catch the presentation beginning at 10 p.m., however this shower’s excellent for early risers because the hour or two earlier than daybreak might be the perfect time to identify the “shooting stars.”
The Lyrids are bits of rock and mud left behind by the comet C/1861 G (Thatcher). Every year around this time, the Earth drifts by means of a cloud of particles from an earlier go to by the comet — its most up-to-date journey by means of the interior solar system was in 1861 — and people particles collide with our higher environment at a velocity of about 27 miles (43 kilometers) per second.
If you discover a dark sky through the peak night time with minimal light pollution, cloud cover, and a transparent view, you possibly can count on as much as 18 meteors per hour. And with the new moon set for Wednesday, there will not be any moonlight to scrub out the meteor-recognizing expertise.
The Lyrids aren’t essentially probably the most spectacular meteor bathe of the year; however they do come after a complete season with none main showers between January and April. So it is an excellent alternative to get exterior and simply spend a while wanting up, particularly with most of us spending plenty of time indoors throughout these unprecedented occasions.