The Lyrid Meteor Shower returns yet again

Meteor shower


Some Australians bored during the coronavirus lockdown will be able to admire the Lyrid meteor shower tonight.

A celestial event, meteor showers see a number of meteors or shooting stars, flash across the sky originating from the one point. "If you do look directly at the radiant, you will find that the meteors will be short-this is an effect of perspective called foreshortening". According to Time And Date, we could (if we're lucky) see up to 18 meteors per hour.

Luckily, tonight's meteor shower won't be spoiled by lunar light, as the moon is almost brand new, appearing only as the slimmest of crescents. Mark your calendars for these great meteor showers this year. If you live in a rural area, you'll have a better chance at spotting the meteors. The constellation is located just south of a bright and shining star known as Vega.

The International Meteor Organization said: "Fireballs are meteors that appear brighter than normal".

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The Lyrid Meteor Shower is caused by Earth's atmosphere colliding with debris left by the Comet Thatcher, which last passed Earth in 1861, scientists have said.

Tuesday night will be our best opportunity to watch one of the oldest recorded meteor showers at its peak. "While rates of Lyrids per hour can be low, they are also known to produce bright fireballs, and this year we are expecting rates of up to 15 meteors per hour", according to NASA.

As for the best time to look skyward? As early as 687 BC, Chinese historians noted that during the fourth month of the year, the "stars fell like rain".

For example, if Earth passes through the tail of a comet, much of the debris burns up in the atmosphere, forming a meteor shower. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness so meteors are easier to spot.

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