Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks Tuesday night through Wednesday morning

Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks Tuesday night through Wednesday morning

Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks Tuesday night through Wednesday morning

Parts of western Alaska and interior portions of the state are expected to have a good chance for viewing a meteor shower at its peak.

The most famous of all meteor showers is the Perseid shower in mid-August.

According to NASA, the Lyrid meteor show will begin at 10.30pm at their local time on April 21 (8 am IST on April 22).

While handsome to many, the Lyrids are actually pieces of space debris left over from the periodic Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, according to NASA. Now in the depths of the outer solar system, Comet Thatcher will return in the year 2276. According to the NASA website, every year the Earth passes through the trail of space debris created by comet Thatcher. The meteors have been shown to originate from that constellation, more specifically near its brightest star, Vera. The Lyrids don't typically produce as many meteors as the Perseids or Geminids but they tend to produce a decent amount of bright, long-lasting meteors called "fireballs".

There are lots of different meteor showers which happen at different times of the year.

The Lyrid meteor shower is one of the oldest known meteor showers, with records of its sighting dating back 2,700 years to the ancient Chinese. The time between midnight and dawn will allow the best viewing environment. In reality, the latest national weather forecast shows pre-dawn temperatures in the north and the northeast U.S. and Great Lakes as well as parts of the Northern and central Rockies on or below Wednesday freezing.

While a pair of binoculars would be great, no special equipment is required to watch the Lyrids. It is important to get out of town and away from light pollution. People are advised to use binoculars, telescopes or cameras to enhance the experience. There are many mobile apps that are readily available online for free.

You don't need to go anywhere special to see it from the United Kingdom - just outside and give your eyes half an hour to get used to the dark. It's normal. BUT, just because we're all stuck inside, means that Mother Nature stops too.

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