A Dazzling Meteor Shower Is Starting This Week, So Don't Miss It

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In late April, skywatchers in the northern hemisphere will soon secure a opinion of the Lyrid meteor shower of 2018.

One of the oldest and most reliable meteor showers will be in full view this weekend.

Up to 20 meteors per hour will likely be visible overnight on April 21-22, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday citing NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. As per the reports, the first Lyrid meteor shower was first recorded in China in 687 BC.NASA informed that the Lyrid meteors are very fast and also look very bright.

"The moon will set around midnight on the peak night, making viewing conditions much better during the overnight hours", Samuhel said. The night sky will be pretty dark because of the waxing moon.

In contrast to solar eclipses, that necessitates special devices to view the astrological occasion, that you really do not need such a thing to see this occasion.

And as EarthSky explained, the showers got their name because if you trace the paths of all the Lyrid meteors backward into their center, they will all seem to radiate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the star Vega.

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Once you get there, just lie down on your back and let your eyes adjust to the darkness for about 30 minutes.

Those that worry about the weather conditions for the meteor shower can rest assured that most of the northeastern and southwestern US night skies will be clear, ensuring flawless viewing conditions, although there is a chance for clouds to spread across the central USA covering the nation's heartland and parts of the Appalachians.

Not as many meteors will be visible on these nights, but rates may reach 10 to 15 meteors an hour.

Cometary particles strewn along the orbit of long-period Comet C/1861 G1 (Thatcher) are the genesis of the Lyrid meteors.

A simulation of the view to the east-northeast as seen from the heart of the British Isles at 12am local time on Sunday 22 April. However, NASA urges concentrating on a location at the skies away from the constellation, because they will "appear longer and more spectacular from that perspective".