Enjoy the Lyrids meteor shower after dark this week
19 April, 2017, 00:43
While there are several meteor showers between April and October, the peaks of the showers that fall in this time all occur within a few days of the full moon.
The Lyrid meteor shower is underway this week.
A comet known as C/1861 G1 Thatcher discovered back in 1861, left behind dust particles that the Earth revolves into this time of year. And we certainly recommend that you get away from the bright city lights.
How To Watch The Meteor Shower?
From Earth, Lyrid meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, for which the Lyrids are named. The Lyrid meteor shower has the distinction of being among the oldest of known meteor showers.
The light from the almost full moon makes it hard to spot numerous dimmer meteors, reducing the number of meteors that onlookers can spot.
Astronomy enthusiasts have a chance to spot up to 18 meteors per hour during the peak period, according to the Observatory.
Assuming you are in an area with clear skies, your next challenge is getting somewhere dark.
A waning, crescent moon on Saturday shouldn't present much interference for viewing whatever meteors do show.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that its first baby falcon of 2017 hatched around 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday. The meteors will look as if they were coming from that star. You don't have to do this to see the meteors as they streak across the sky in all directions, but it's cool to try to find the origin of them.
EarthSky said it's more likely that about 10 to 20 meteors per hour will be seen in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday.