The spring and summer meteor shower season begins this month with the Lyrid meteor shower, which will be held April 16-25, Sunday, April 22nd. When the cloudy sky disappears, Coloradans will get a good view.
Start On the night of Earth Day, at midnight on April 21, until the early hours of Sunday, April 22, we observe the meteor shower. In Colorado, sky watchers can also see them on the days before and after the height of the shower, if you find a nice dark patch of sky.
At their peak, the Lyrids will produce between 15 and 20 meteors per hour.
The best time to see the show is early in the morning before dawn on Sunday, April 22nd. The Moon will be out of the way and will have set before the Lyrids jump up, so depending on the weather conditions in Colorado the annual show should be a winner.
Check the forecast from the National Meteorological Service.
The Lyrids are known to be unstable; but normally they produce meteors with traces that take a few seconds and occasionally deliver a few fireballs.
In a few years, the shower intensifies in a so-called "eruption", which produces up to 1
All meteor showers occur when the Earth crosses the path of a comet and collides with the trail of comet debris. make their occurrence predictable. They leave bright stripes – so-called shooting stars.
The last Lyride eruption was in 1982, according to Earthsky.org, who said US Skywatchers would receive a spectacular show this year.
And although the calendar suggests – Lyride outbreaks could generally occur at 30-year intervals – NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke predicts an average show this year.
"People say that there is some periodicity there," Cooke Space.com said. but the data does not support that.
One of the oldest documented showers, the Lyrids, was discovered in China around 687 BC, but its source, comet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher, was discovered only in 1861. The meteor shower originates from the constellation Lyra northeast of Vega, one of the brightest stars visible in the night sky at this time of year, but meteors will be visible from all over the sky.
Lyride meteors are fast but not as fast as the Leonids arriving in November, Cooke told Space .com
"The Leonids hit us head-on," he said, while the "Lyrids beat more like the left front of the fender."
Here's what comes through spring and summer:
6.-7 May: The meteor shower of Eta Aquarids, which takes place from April 19 to May 28, is an above-average shower that can peak at up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak, favoring the southern hemisphere but with about 30 meteors Per Hour still be a good show in the northern hemisphere. A waning moon will be problematic and shut out the weakest meteorites. They radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but are visible from everywhere in the sky.
28th-29th July: The delta aquarium meteor stream left by comets Marsden and Kracht runs from July 12 to July 12. 23. It's an average show, producing about 20 meteors an hour at its peak, but an almost full moon will be problematic. The meteors radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can be seen from any place in the sky. The best observation times are after midnight.
August 12-13: The annual Perseid meteor shower, which lasts from July 17 to August 8. 24, is usually one of the best of the year, producing 60 to 100 meteors per hour at its peak. The meteors are historically bright, and this should be a great year for Skywatcher, as a thin crescent moon was supposed to provide dark skies. The Perseids are produced by the 1862 discovered comet Swift-Tuttle. The meteorites fall between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but just look up and you can see them from all over the sky.
See also:  2018 Guide to Meteor Shower, Other Heavenly Events
– By Beth Dalbey and Elizabeth Janney, Contributed by Ashley Ludwig
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