Your Guide to the Legendary Lyrid Meteor Shower

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The Lyrid meteor shower happens annually from around April 16 to 25. But the best time to see the shower this year will be just before dawn on Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23, according to EarthSky. All you have to do is head out to a clear, dark sky, and you’ll likely be able to spot about to 10 to 20 meteors per hour. You don’t even need any special equipment to see these spectacular shooting stars. Just your wide open eyes.

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And chances are, it will be pretty dark. The Lyrid shower this year falls on a crescent moon that glows only about 1/15th of the brightness of the full moon. If you trace the paths of all the Lyrid meteors backward, they seem to radiate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the star Vega. But you don’t even need to know your constellations to find the shower. It should sufficiently light up the sky.

So find out when the sun rises in your exact location, set your alarm a few hours before, and head out into the darkness.

[Originally posted on ThinkContra.com as How to Watch the Legendary Lyrid Meteor Shower.]

About the Author: Elsie Sing

 

Elsie is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; her writing has appeared in a few university publications, under tables and on the sides of trains. She likes taking Polaroid pictures and planning rooftop picnics.

 

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