Spring and summer meteor shower season starts this month with Lyrid meteor shower, which runs April 16-22 and tops Sunday, April 22nd. If the cloudy sky cleans, Coloradans will have a nice view.
Starting looking at the meteor shower at night of Earth Day, at midnight April 21, through the early morning hours of Sunday, April 22nd. In Colorado, skywatchers can also see them in the days before and after the shower's height, if you find yourself a nice dark patch of sky.
In its peak, the Lyridians will produce between 15 and 20 meteors per hour.
The best time to see the show is early in the morning before dawn on Sunday, April 22nd. The moon will be out of the way and will have set before Lyrids kick up, so due to weather conditions in Colorado, this year's show should be a winner.
Check the forecast from the National Weather Service.
The lyrics are known to be weak. but usually they produce meteors with tracks lasting a few seconds and sometimes they deliver some fireballs.
In a few years, the shower intensifies in what is called an "outbreak", which produces up to 1
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The last outbreak in Lyrid was 1982, according to Earthsky.org, which said that American skiers were treated to a spectacular show that year.
And although the calendar may suggest that we "depend on another – Lyrid outbreaks may occur at 30-year intervals – NASA meteorologist Bill Cooke predicts an average show this year."
"People say there's one certain periodicity there, "Cooke Space.com told," but the data does not support it. "
One of the oldest showers on record, the Lyrics were discovered in China around 687 BC, but the source, the Cet 1861 G1 Thatcher comet, was not discovered until 1861. Meteor shower comes from the constellation Lyra in the northeast of Vega, one of The brightest stars that are visible in the night sky this time of year, but meteors will be visible from anywhere in the sky.
Lyrid meteors are fast but not as fast as Leonids, coming in November, Cooke told Space. com.
"The Leonids hit us on the head," he said, while "the lyrics are more like turning on the left side of the fender."
Here's what's going on in spring and summer:
May 6 -7: Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which runs from April 19th to May 28th, is an average shower that can produce as many as 60 meteors per hour in peak. It favors Southern Hemisphere, but should still be a good Northern Hemisphere show with about 30 meteors per hour. A decreasing gibbous moon will be problematic and block the weakest of the meteors. They radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but are visible from anywhere in the sky.
28-29 July: Delta Aquarid Meteorduschen, produced by debris left by Comet Marsden and Kracht, runs from July 12 to August. 23. It's an average show that produces about 20 meteors per hour in peak, but an almost full moon becomes problematic. The meteors radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can be seen from any place in the sky. The best viewing times are after midnight.
Aug. 12-13: The annual Perseids meteor shower, which runs July 17-Aug. 24, is typically one of the best in the year, producing from 60 to 100 meteors one hour in peak. The meteors are historically bright, and it should be a good year for skywatchers because a thin crescent will make for dark skies. The perseids are produced by the comet Swift-Tuttle, discovered in 1862. The meteors fall between constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but just look up and you'll see them anywhere in the sky.
See also: 19659014] 2018 Guide to Meteor Duschar, Other Celestial Events
– By Beth Dalbey and Elizabeth Janney, Contribution from Ashley Ludwig
Image Credit: NASA / JSC / D. Pettit taken from International Space Station