Lyrid Meteor Shower To Peak Wednesday

Lyrid Meteor Shower To Peak Wednesday

Lyrid Meteor Shower To Peak Wednesday

The meteors are pieces of debris falling from the comet called C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which is expected to return to the inner solar system in 2276, after a 415-year orbital period. "They are one of the oldest known meteor showers, having been observed for over 2,700 years". The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is set to peak during the first full week of May and will be visible May 4th into the early hours of May 5th!

"The radiant point (will be at its) highest in the sky at 3am, so you'll see between 10 to 15 meteors per hour at that time, if you're under a dark sky".

Tuesday night into Wednesday may be the flawless opportunity. In reality, the latest national weather forecast shows pre-dawn temperatures in the north and the northeast USA and Great Lakes as well as parts of the Northern and central Rockies on or below Wednesday freezing.

There may be up to 18 meteors an hour to be spotted - it could even be more. Take heart. You won't have to wait long before the next meteor shower. They are named after the group of stars, known as a constellation, in which they occur. It is a welcome sight after a major meteorological drought of several months. As many as 25% of Lyrids will leave an incandescent light trail, visible for a few beats after the meteor passes.

You may have some free time because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so why not spend it looking for some shooting stars. While it is true that the best chance to see them was last night, it is also true that you might have other chances to see them, as they still appear before and after their peak.

"Then simply fill your view with the sky and wait".

The nightsky will be relatively dark tonight, as the moon is moving toward its new-moon phase tomorrow. It is the fifth brightest star from Earth and often appears with a bluish glow. Lie flat on your back with your feet facing east and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. With overnight lows in the upper 40s and low 50s across central and eastern Nebraska, and mostly clear to partly cloudy skies across the area tonight, conditions will be great for meteor viewing!

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