The Lyrids, the first big meteor shower of 2021 is about to take place. The Lyrid meteor shower takes place in mid-April and stargazers will be able to witness around 10 to 15 meteors per hour at the peak of the action.
Here comes a guide on what the Lyrid meteor shower is and on how to watch it.
What is the Lyrid meteor shower?
The Lyrid meteor shower is also sometimes called the April Lyrids or even just the Lyrids.
It’s an annual meteor shower that takes place between April 16 and 25, with the peak coming between midnight on April 21 and dawn on April 22.
This meteor shower is produced by dust particles shed by a long-period comet called C/1861 G1 Thatcher.
Their magnitude is plus two, but it is possible for the occasional brighter meteor, a phenomenon known as a Lyrid fireball.
How do you see the Lyrid meteor shower?
The best time to watch the meteor shower is as the moon is already setting, but before the sun has risen. That will differ depending on which part of the planet you live.
For those in cities, the chances of seeing the Lyrids really well are slimmer. The best views can be enjoyed in rural areas where there is less light pollution.
As mentioned above, the best night is April 21 into April 22.
The next 2021 meteor shower
If you miss the April Lyrids, though, there will be another burst of light in the night sky soon as the Eta Aquarids will peak on May 6.
Other upcoming meteor showers:
- Delta Aquarid – July 28-29
- Perseid – Aug. 11-12