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Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It

17 April 2018

Some years, the Lyrid meteor shower intensifies and can produce up to 100 meteors per hour in what's called an "outburst", but it is hard to predict exactly when that will happen. Those few hours before dawn are the ideal time to find a great spot away from the busy city lights, lie back in the crisp morning air and enjoy the stunning display on the dark, moonless sky.

According to Space.com, this year you could see around 18 Lyrid meteors per-hour.

One of the oldest known meteor shower is set to light up the sky this month.

Photographer Islam Hassan captured this photo of a Lyrid meteor over Egypt on April 25, 2015.

The Lyrids begin as tiny specks of dust that hit Earth's atmosphere at 109,600 miles per hour and vaporise from friction with the air - leaving behind the streaks of light we known as meteors. In many previous years, the shower has been notably more active than expected.

But this particular meteor shower tends to be unpredictable.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will peak on the 22 April, but should be visible from 16-25 April.

The good news is you don't need to locate the shower's radiant point in order to spot the falling Lyrids, states EarthSky. The shooting stars may appear when some debris of those meteor touches the earth atmosphere and set itself glowing in the fire.

"Any meteors visible the sky will likely appear unexpectedly, in any and all parts of the sky", clarifies the media outlet. Usually, the fall out counts up to 10 to 20 meteor per hour but sometime the count may exceed more than 100 per hour that is virtually known as an outburst.

Even though the main event of this celestial display is announced for April 22, it wouldn't hurt to keep your eyes peeled on April 21 and 23 as well, EarthSky notes.

Lyrids are pieces of debris from the Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher and have been observed for more than 2,700 years, NASA said, which makes them one of the oldest known showers.

According to its origin, Lyrid meteors are believed to be leftovers debris that escaped the comet G1 Thatcher that was first observed on April 5, 1861, over NY by astronomer A.E. Thatcher who named it as "G1 Thatcher".

Adding to next weekend's excitement, stargazers will be delighted to know that the Lyrids are not the only meteor shower that will be going on in April.

The fireball like shooting stars also can be expected but it is a rare case.

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It