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Lyrids meteor shower in the Sussex skies

View the Lyrids meteor shower after dark this week View the Lyrids meteor shower after dark this week
Kristine Garrett | 17 April, 2018, 16:19

The spectacular Lyrid Meteor shower is considered to be the leftovers of G1 Thatcher comet the spotted back in 1861 while passing the earth. In many previous years, the shower has been notably more active than expected. But you'll have multiple chances to see it before then, as the shower starts as early as tomorrow evening on April 16, 2018, and lasts until April 25, 2018.

The Lyrid meteor shower is of medium brightness, but not as luminous as the famous Perseid meteor shower in August, which tends to produce more prominent trails, Cooke said.

However, your highest chance of catching a glimpse of the Lyrids in action will be next weekend, on April 22, when the 2018 Lyrid meteor shower is expected to peak. Its peak will occur on the night of May 5 and last until May 6. Now we are not about to witness that like outbursting even in this week but the usual Lyrid showers are one of the spectacular things of the spring night.

The Lyrids are known to be fast and bright meteors that can often surprise spectators.

"The moon will be really favorable for them this year; it will set by the time the Lyrid radiant is high in the sky", Cooke told Space.com.

The moon will be a quarter moon on Sunday, not bright enough to cause too much trouble. You can simply go out and watch the meteor shower without firstly identifying the Lyra constellation or its brightest star, Vega.

Wrapping up in warm clothes is recommended, and you should allow up to 20 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the night sky.

The good news is you don't need to locate the shower's radiant point in order to spot the falling Lyrids, states EarthSky.

"Any meteors visible the sky will likely appear unexpectedly, in any and all parts of the sky", clarifies the media outlet.

Those living in the Northern Hemisphere get the best view of this meteor shower.

Viewers can expect to catch about 10 to 20 Lyrid meteors an hour - if they're watching under a clear, dark sky. Lyrids Meteor shower is one of the oldest known shower ever recorded in the history.

According to its origin, Lyrid meteors are believed to be leftovers debris that escaped the comet G1 Thatcher that was first observed on April 5, 1861, over NY by astronomer A.E. Thatcher who named it as "G1 Thatcher".

Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher only orbits the sun every 415 years, but occasionally, specific planetary arrangements can steer the dust trail into Earth's path, intensifying the shower roughly every 60 years.

Adding to next weekend's excitement, stargazers will be delighted to know that the Lyrids are not the only meteor shower that will be going on in April.

The next one, called Eta Aquarids meteor shower, is set to begin on April 19 and will last until May 28.

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