The Lyrid Meteor Shower will peak Wednesday of this week
By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger
The Lyrid meteor shower has arrived, and the new moon should enhance the viewing experience for stargazers on Earth who are watching the skies from midnight to dawn.
EarthSky reports the likely peaking will occur in the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday morning, producing 10 to 15 meteors per hour. Watching from a dark, country sky is ideal.
“The Lyrid meteor shower has the distinction of being among the oldest of known meteor showers. Records of this shower go back for some 2,700 years,” the article states.
“Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1) is the source of the Lyrid meteors. Every year, in late April, our planet Earth crosses the orbital path of this comet. We have no photos of it because its orbit around the sun is roughly 415 years. Comet Thatcher last visited the inner solar system in 1861, before the photographic process became widespread. This comet isn’t expected to return until the year 2276.”
Go spend some time outdoors this week and you just might catch a beautiful gift from the universe that has a history of having an outburst of display. Online Star Party, anyone?
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