The meteor shower of the spring and summer season starts from this month with the Lyrid meteor shower. The meteor shower show will be running from April 16-25 and the peak of the meteor shower will be on April 22nd 2018 on Sunday.
The Skywatchers can watch this spectacular meteor shower show from April 16th, 2018 and this meteor shower is said to be the oldest known meteor shower ever occurred on Earth. During the peak time, the rate of the meteor is expected to rise around 10 to 20 shooting stars per hour which will make this how as a medium-brightness shower. You can watch this beautiful show in the early morning before dawn on April 22 and the weather condition should be clear in North Carolina so that this will be a successful show. The last Lyrid outburst has occurred during the year 1982 as stated by Earthshky.org.
The meteor shower occurs when the earth goes through a cloud of debris and dust particles present in our solar system. When this dust collides with Earth’s atmosphere, it leads to heat up and the particles start to glow which is called a fireball.
You can watch Lyrid Meteor shower anywhere which has a clear, dark sky. These showers can be dim due to the light pollution which includes moonlight also. So, it is important that you choose a perfect place to watch this how. This Lyrid meteor comes from a small constellation of Lyra which rises in the eastern sky at dusk.
According to NASA, it said that “ The number of meteors can vary, and very rarely storm, but on a very dark and moonless night there are usually up to 20 good meteors an hour.” Lyrid meteors are fast but not with respect to the Leonids meteors which hit earth head on, as said by Cooke to Space.com