BOSTON, MA – A meteor shower will be the first heavenly show of spring this weekend and the weather conditions are looking good. The Myrtle Shower of Lyrid runs from April 16 to 25, but its highlight is Sunday, April 22.
The weather conditions in Massachusetts are perfect, with clear or mostly clear skies and temperatures of or just above freezing, as predicted by the weekend. d have to travel to an area with little light pollution.
The best time to see the show is before dawn on April 22nd. The moon will be out of the way before the Lyrids begin.
The Lyrids are known to be moody and unpredictable, but typically produce about 1
The last Lyride eruption was in 1982, according to Earthsky.org, according to which US Skywatchers received a spectacular show this year.
And while the calendar suggests that we're coming to another great show – lyric outbursts could generally occur at 30-year intervals – NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says this year's average.
"People say that there is some periodicity there," Cooke Space.com said, "but the data does not support that."
One of the oldest turmoil in history, the Lyrids were discovered in China around 687 BC, but its source, the comet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher, was first discovered in 1861. The meteor shower comes from the constellation Lyra northeast of Vega, one of the brightest stars that can be seen in the night sky at this time of the year. Meteors will be visible from all over the sky.
All meteor showers occur when the Earth crosses the path of a comet and collides with the trail of comet debris. They leave bright stripes – called shooting stars.
Lyride meteors are fast but not as fast as the Leonids coming in November, Cooke Space.com said.
"The Leonids hit us head-on," he said, while the "Lyrids are more like the left front of the fender."
Here's what's going on in spring and summer:  6.-7. May: The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower, taking place from April 19 to May 28, is an above-average shower that can produce up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It favors the southern hemisphere, but should still be a good show in the northern hemisphere with about 30 meteors an hour. 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 meteors fall between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but just look up and you can see them from all over the sky.
Written afterand Beth Dalbey of Patch's National Staff, with additional coverage by Michael Woyton, Patch Staff.
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