How To Watch The Lyrid Meteor Shower This Week, Because It's Sure To Be An Awe-Inspiring Sight
People have been getting really into astronomy lately, what with the Blood Moon, Pink Moon, Perseid meteor shower, and the Hubble Telescope's 25th anniversary. There's a lot going on up in space, and let's just say it keeps fans of stunning feats of the universe pretty busy. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, we'll be able to watch the Lyrid meteor shower, which will display between 10 to 20 meteors per hour. If that doesn't sound like springtime date night material, I don't know what is. So, grab a blanket, a bottle of wine, and a loved one (or just the first two, you know, treat yo'self) and head outside for the upcoming magnificent show.
For those with a clear night sky, it'll be easy to see the Lyrid meteors from just outside your doorstep. You don't even need any special equipment like a telescope or binoculars. The meteor shower will last the period of April 16 to 25, but its peak is on April 22 and 23, this Wednesday and Thursday. The best time of the night to catch the performance is before dawn, according to EarthSky. If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, head outside around midnight. That's the time that the star Vega rises in the sky around the meteors' peak, and as dawn nears, the meteors become more plentiful.
Slooh Observatory, which connects telescopes to the Internet so that more people can enjoy astronomical displays, says the Lyrid shower might show up a little better for viewers in Europe — but don't fret, they'll definitely still be visible for those in most parts of the world. If you're in an area that's cloudy or rainy, you unfortunately won't be able to see the meteors, so you'll have to rearrange your date night to something indoors. Keep the blanket, the bottle of wine, and your loved one (again, or just yourself, because this sounds super relaxing), but set up instead on your living room floor with your laptop set to Slooh Observatory's livestream online.
As Slooh states, this is the first big meteor shower of the year, so you don't want to miss out. It's finally getting warmer outside, and I don't know about you, but I'm taking every chance I get to spend some time with a bottle of wine outdoors or even on my couch with the window open if the weather doesn't cooperate. However it happens, the Lyrid shower is sure to be incredible.
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