Whereas the primary months of the yr have been quiet since January’s Quadrantid meteor bathe, the Lyrids are a welcome sight to observers hoping for a celestial spectacle.
Although the capturing stars can seem anyplace within the sky, curious stargazers can look to the meteors’ namesake constellation Lyra — the harp — for reference as Lyrid meteors seem to radiate from close to the brilliant star Vega, EarthSky reported on Tuesday.
Mild air pollution may even be a doubtlessly debilitating issue and consultants advise viewers to aim to seek out an unobstructed view.
One of many oldest recognized meteor showers, Lyrids have been witnessed for two,700 years, in keeping with NASA.
The company notes they’re recognizable for his or her quick and brilliant meteors and might produce an outburst of as many as 100 meteors per hour.
Typically, 10 to 20 Lyrid meteors could be noticed per hour throughout their peak, touring at a velocity of 30 miles per second and NASA notes that Lyrids usually depart behind glowing mud trains as they blaze by the Earth’s environment.
As Earth crosses Thatcher’s orbital path, it passes by a path of particles and is bombarded with comet litter for 2 weeks.
Thatcher was final seen within the 19th century and isn’t anticipated to return till the yr 2276, in keeping with Insider.
After the Lyrids move, there are nonetheless 11 meteor showers to observe for this yr.
The Lyrids will overlap with the Eta Aquarids meteor bathe that NASA says is about to peak in early Might.