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When is the best time to see the Lyrid meteor shower this week – KPTV




  (Image: NASA / Bill Ingalls)
(Image: NASA / Bill Ingalls)

(Meredith) – Want to go to a spectacular light show this weekend? All you have to do is look up!

The Lyrian meteor shower will peak this weekend on early Sunday morning (April 22).

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Here's what you need to know:

  • From mid to late April, you can see about a dozen Lyride meteors every hour in the wee hours of the morning ,
  • The best time to see most meteors (about 20 per hour) is Saturday night (April 21
    ) through Sunday morning (April 22).
  • NASA recommends waiting for midnight on the moon before going to the shower.

Why are they called "Lyrids?" [19659005] Lyrids are moderate showers that are visible every April, according to the Space Science Telescope Institute and NASA.
  • They are called "Lyrids" because they seem to come from the Lyrid constellation.
  • Chinese astronomers took the Lyrids on showers until 687 BC.
  • More than just meteors

    There's more to see Just like the Lyrids meteors, NASA says. A few hours before the Lyrids' meteor shower reaches its peak on Saturday, April 21 / Sunday, April 22, Jupiter will be visible to the east. But if you want to have a good view of the gas giant, you need a telescope.

    Here are a few more astral objects to keep an eye on:

    • Mars and Saturn will rise in the night sky just before dawn
    • They will be part of the summer constellation, Sagittarius, the Space Science Telescope Institute said [19659007] The constellation Leo will be visible in the south. And if you find Leo, look at his stomach. There are the Leo Triplet galaxies. And if you look at his heart, you will see Regulus, another popular star.

    Information about this item has been provided by Space.com

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