Things Are Looking Up! The Lyrid Meteor Shower Is Coming
While we are all stuck inside, it helps to have something to look forward to, and the Lyrid Meteor Shower, due to light up the night sky this week, will be just the feel-good cosmic wonder we've been waiting for.
The Lyrid Meteor Shower is one of the oldest of its kind known to man and happens around this time every year. It will make its appearance between 16th and 25th April this year, and even the most novice stargazer can behold the stunning shower. All we need is a clear sky and patience as our eyes adjust to the darkness to give us the best chance of capturing the phenomenon. No special equipment or astronomical skills are required.
The Lyrid Meteor Shower is expected to peak on 22nd April, with bursts exceeding the usual 20 meteors per hour and each streak lasting several seconds as they dart through the cosmos leaving trails of stardust as they go.
The shower is named after the constellation Lyra, which is where the shower originates. It also sits close to the horizon, so the best times for Australians to view the shower will be after midnight.
Check out this Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map for where, when and how to see the Lyrid Meteor Shower from where you are, then lie down and look to the stars!
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