Lyrid Meteor Shower on its Brightest Over the Weekend

By Icar A. Ballesteros, | April 21, 2017

Lyrid Meteor Shower

Lyrid Meteor Shower

The Lyrid meteor shower will be at its peak this weekend. It can be expected that the skies will shine brightly by then.

It is reported that the Earth is now going to pass the debris left off by an ancient comet. This then will create a spectacle of meteor showers. This weekend, people can witness the Lyrid meteor shower according to The Wichita Eagle.

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This is a medium-strength meteor shower that can create fireballs. The Lyrid meteor shower is going to be so bright that the light of the moon will not be able to drown its brightness. The moon also will be on its new-moon face during the meteor shower, it can be expected that it is going to be a moonless spectacle.

The Lyrid meteor shower is not so powerful like that of the Perseids that happened in August, but it will be at its peak since the moon will not be at its brightest. The meteor shower that will happen over the weekend is going to be at its brightest and that would be if clouds will not get in the way.

Meanwhile, this is the first meteor shower to happen right after January. It seems that the sky will be showing a spectacle of lights and the Lyrid meteor shower will be at its brightest at night time. It is reported that up to 20 meteors an hour can be seen on the evening of April 21.

This can last up until the morning of April 22 especially in areas where there's a clear sky and very low air pollution as reported by Accuweather. The Lyrids can actually produce as many as 100 meteors an hour but this cannot be expected this year.

In the meantime, the best time to view the Lyrid meteor shower is after midnight. This is the time when the meteors are brightest.


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