Lyrid meteor shower rains on earth tonight

During its year-long revolution around the Sunthe earth has its route, which intersects with that of several times comets and D’asteroids passed there. The rubble the former leave behind creates what the astronomers call meteor swarmsor showers ofshooting starswhen our planet crosses them.

One of the most important meteor showers of the year is the so-called Lyrids. It begins around April 15 and its activity peaks around April 22 before dying down at the end of the month. Driven by the various passages in the past of Comet Thatcher – C/1861 G1 (Thatcher) – it soaks ours the atmosphere shot down by its tiny dust at an average speed of 48 km/h.

In the night from April 21 to April 22, there is an altercation with a gibbous moon decreasing (70% full), i.e. with a brightness large enough to interfere with observation of the faintest meteors. The average rate of visible Lyrids per hour is a maximum of 20. The night before and the next can be as successful as the advertised peak of activity.

As always, to watch them, it is better to turn to the constellation from radiant which gave its name to the swarm, in this case the lyre, and wait until it is highest in the sky, or rather at the end of the night. Note that you don’t lose anything by getting up earlier than usual, because at this time of the night, about an hour before the first rays of the sun, it’s glorious Alignment of four planets stands in the east. A show not to be missed, especially in the best possible conditions, tens of kilometers away light pollution.

The Lyrids meteor shower in 2021

Article by Xaver Demeersman published on April 22, 2021

Tonight the Lyrid meteor shower should be at its peak. Unfortunately, the triangular moon that shines within the Lion Tonight and until 4:30 a.m., its luminosity interferes with the observation of the smallest meteors.

Notwithstanding the presence of this lighthouse at night, it is always appropriate for astronomy to set sail from urban areas in order to reach land as far from the coast as possible harmful light pollution (Harmful to both astronomy and biodiversity) to make the most of the celestial spectacle (lots to see besides the Lyrids) and catch the sparkling arrows of the Lyrids.

Remember that their name comes from the constellation Lyra, which at this time really only gains altitude in the middle of the night. It is in her, more precisely between the diamonds path the ribs of Hercules where the radiant is located. There, in this direction, we must mainly search.

The meteor shower is fueled by small grains of dust that Comet Thatcher rips off as it each orbits the Earth — most recently in the year of its discovery in 1861. They are said to fall into Earth’s upper atmosphere at about twenty an hour, creating the spectacle of one of the finest showers of Create shooting stars of the year.

The Lyrids in 2020

Article by Nathalie Meyer published on April 21, 2020

It is said that the Lyrids are among the most beautiful shooting star shower of the year. And since April 16, Earth has once again been going through the dust stream left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thacher. According to IMO theInternational Meteor Organization, the peak of activity is expected on the night of April 21-22. The hourly rate is about twenty shooting stars per hour.

As always, to be able to observe them well, it is strongly recommended to move away from them light pollution cities. But in a captive situation, at least we can count on the moon’s absence—it will be new moon tomorrow – to darken the sky. And wait until the middle of the night – untildusk — that the constellation Lyra — and its brightest star, path — is high enough in our sky.

To catch the brightest and longest Lyrids, it is advisable to look a little further away from their beam towards the constellation Hercules or even Bouvier. Also watch the sky for at least an hour. Because activity is not the same over time. If you look up at the sky for just a few minutes, you might be unlucky enough to hit a trough and not see any shooting stars.

Finally, note that the weather forecast are cheaper this time for an observation in the north of the country than in the southern half.

Don’t miss the Lyrids meteor shower on April 21-22

Every year between April 16th and 25th our earth crosses themeteor swarm the Lyrids. We owe it to comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which entered the earth solar system internally every 415 years. And it’s the first great opportunity of spring to witness a shower of shooting stars.

The climax of the show is scheduled for the night of April 21-22. Just before dawn, in a place preferably spared from light pollution – this year don’t worry about the Moon not being present at this time – you need to look towards the star Vega and some constellation Lyra.

Between 10 and 20 meteors per hour should be observed. Something to enchant these difficult times captivity!

Don’t miss the biggest Lyrids meteor shower this weekend

Article by Floriane Boyer published on 04/20/2019

The Lyrids meteor swarm graces us once again, crossing our skies in the second half of April. In activity from the 16th to the 25th of the month, the shower of shooting stars is said to reach its maximum this year in the night from Sunday to Monday (April 21st to 22nd).American Meteor Society, at a rate of 10 to 20 meteors per hour. To make sure you can make a wish, it’s wise to watch for their arrival the night before the activity peaks as well as the night that follows, knowing that the peak usually happens at night Night of April 22-23 . The Moon, however, risks impeding observations as it is just emerging from full phase.

The meteors in this swarm appear to originate from a point to the right of beautiful blue star Vega, the brightest in the constellation Lyra, hence its name. In fact, they correspond to the dusty debris of comet C/1861 G1, nicknamed Thatcher, which Earth crosses at the same time every year. Besides the magic of this show and the possible wishes, here is another good reason not to miss your visit: it is one of the oldest shooting star showerthat we can witness today. The earliest known sighting dates back 2,700 years.

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