From Eric Leister AccuWeather senior meteorologist
21st April 2019, 12:52:20 PM EDT
The first big meteor shower in more than three months gives stargazers across Europe the chance to see frequent shooting stars in the coming nights.
Peak activity is expected on Monday evening and early Tuesday morning, with up to 20 meteors per hour.
Unfortunately, dense clouds due to a storm system in southern Europe will limit the visibility of many of Spain's locations to Italy and the Balkan Peninsula.
Some clouds will also flow north through France and parts of the British Isles.
However, the Baltic states expect a good view as far as Poland, the Netherlands, eastern England and Scotland.
Unfortunately, visibility conditions for most places will deteriorate over the coming nights, as the clouds cover western and central Europe.
The best view on Tuesday and Wednesday is the night being from Southern Italy to the Balkan Peninsula and Eastern Europe.
Another problem is that the almost full moon will disturb the visibility conditions, as he usually fills the night sky with natural light pollution. This makes it difficult to see some of the weaker meteors associated with the Lyrids, reducing the total number of visible meteors.
"Do not look at the moon. Avoid looking at the moon and focus on another part of the sky, "said Dave Samuhel, AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger.
The viewer should focus on the darkest parts of the sky, far away from the moon itself if it is an area not near the radiation or origin point of the Lyrids.
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A common misconception about meteor shower is that you have to look directly at the radiation spot to see a meteor shower, though meteorites are visible in all parts of the sky.
"The beam is not extremely important The higher the sky, the greater the chance of seeing the meteorites sweeping in all directions from a common origin," Samuhel said.
Stargazers who miss this meteor shower will not have to wait long for another opportunity to spot shooting stars as the next meteor shower is just weeks away.
The Eta Aquarids will peak on the night of May 6. Early in the morning of May 7, they delivered up to 30 meteors per hour to the skies over the Northern Hemisphere and up to 60 meteors per hour for those in the southern hemisphere.
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