Every year in April, space is offering us a lighting event by the meteor shower. The Lyrid meteor shower arrives when Earth is passing through the tail of Comet Thatcher. If you want to see this annual event, the best nights to do that are on April 22-23. The coincidence is that the Moon is passing through a phase close to the full Moon. If the Moon is bright, the meteor shower will be hard to observe.
What Are the Researchers Planning for the Lyrid Meteor Shower?
Researchers from the Giant Magellan Telescope have made some infographic to come in help for astronomers to find the best position for viewing the event. The most important detail for this event is the right time for viewing. The best viewing is happening in the few hours before dawn. So, no matter where you are, the meteor shower will be more visible at those hours with the naked eye too.
However, for a better location of the meteors that will pass by, look for the brightest star in the constellation of Lyra and if you find the most radiant want, that’s the spot. That spot is the point where the meteors will become visible on Earth. Meteorites have been observed on an average of about 15 to 20 per hour passing by.
What Is the Lyrid Meteor Shower?
Each year, Lyrid meteor shower is created by the comet Thatcher that it’s intersecting with Earth. Thatcher’s dusty tail and particles from the comet are the ones that we see streaking through the sky when it is burning up. The speed that they are traveling is about 110,000 mph. Also, the Lyrid is not the brightest meteor shower that we can observe, but it’s the oldest one.
The Perseids and Geminids outshine the Lyrid shower. An interesting fact is that the Lyrid shower is seen by humankind for more than 2,700 years, starting from ancient China in 687 BC, which was the first recorded viewing of the meteors. Don’t miss this fantastic event, because next time it will appear in 2276 when the Thatcher will come with a 415-year orbital period.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.