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This Week: Look Up for the Lyrids!

This Week: Look Up for the Lyrids!

This week, the annual Lyrid meteor shower will reach maximum activity. The best time to view these falling stars will be between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Sunday morning, April 22.

What To Look For?
Lyrid meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails. About 10-20 meteors are usually visible per hour, at peak. Occasionally, surges can bring as much as 100 meteors per hour, but this is rare and not easy to predict. The Lyrids are most prolific right before dawn. Though Saturday night into Sunday marks the traditional peak for this shower, you should be able to enjoy a sprinkling of meteors in the days before and after peak activity. Fortunately, a barely New Moon will mean prime viewing this year.

Best Way to View Meteor Showers:
The best way to watch for meteors is to find a spot with a clear view of the sky and not affected by light pollution. Warm clothing and a blanket are advisable, as nighttime temperatures can be very cold.

2 comments

1 Jaime McLeod { 04.19.12 at 12:14 pm }

You should be able to see them, weather permitting, Alison.

2 Alison Odowski { 04.19.12 at 10:05 am }

Is there a ‘best’ place on the earth to view these? We are in Guatemala and I’m wondering if we’ll get a good show? Looking forward to it!!

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