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Lyrid meteor shower will be interesting for Sky Watchers this weekend
Lyrid meteor shower will present a spectacular show for sky gazers this weekend. On Saturday, Lyrid meteor shower will be visible in pre-dawn sky. Astronomers suggest that the conditions will be perfect for watching meteor showers in case the sky remains clear.
The annual Lyrid meteor shower will peak on night of April 21/22. On an average, sky gazers can expect to see up to 20 ‘shooting stars’ per hour during peak time of Lyrid meteor shower. There won’t be any need for equipment or binoculars as the meteor showers can be viewed with naked eye.
The presence of Moon often hinders viewing of meteor showers. But on 22 April, the Moon will not interfere during peak hours of Lyrid meteor shower. The Moon will be close to its darkest phase during peak of meteor showers.
A report published by Astronomy Magazine informed, “The Lyrids begin as tiny specks of dust that hit Earth’s atmosphere at 109,600 mph (176,400 km/h), vaporizing from friction with the air and leaving behind the streaks of light we call meteors. The meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the bright star Vega, which rises in late evening and passes nearly overhead shortly before dawn.”
Some meteors will be visible during the early-morning hours each day this week and as late as April 25, but they won't be shooting across the sky as often as they will on Saturday, as per Space.com report.
As per report published by Sky and Telescope, “Despite the location of its radiant, the Lyrids have always been associated with Lyra because of Vega's visual dominance and the original loosey-goosey nature of constellation outlines. For centuries, where one constellation ended and another began was subject to interpretation.”