Stargazing: The best time to watch the Lyrid meteor shower

Barsaba Taglieri
Aprile 19, 2017

The Lyrid meteor shower will be a little easier to actually see! The presence of the full moon during other meteor showers this year could mean this will be the best viewing until the Orionids this fall.

If you're a fan of meteor showers and everything space, you may want to make a trip to one of Arizona's dark sky communities this weekend.

EarthSky said it's more likely that about 10 to 20 meteors per hour will be seen in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday.

Weather and the moon are the two major things that hamper meteor showers.

Those leftovers enter earth's atmosphere at an incredible fast 103,000 miles per hour and burn up fairly quickly, resulting in the Lyrid meteor shower.

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. Up to 100 meteors an hour can then be seen.

If the sky is clear, get ready to watch and spend at least 30 minutes outside to adjust to the darkness.

Lyrid meteors tend to radiate from the constellation Lyra the Harp which will be in the northeast sky.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that its first baby falcon of 2017 hatched around 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday. There are some great apps on your smart phone to help you find the specific star closest to the point of origin for the meteors.

Because of this, onlookers just need to simply look up at the open sky and wait for a meteor to appear without having to focus on a single point.

Lyrid meteors in history. These "shooting stars" are also known as fireballs.

However, on some occasions, objects the size of small rocks streak through the atmosphere leaving behind a streak of brilliance in their path.

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