April Lyrid meteor shower to reach up to 20 meteors per hour

Jace Amodo
PUBLISHED April 20, 2018 02:42 pm
A Lyrid meteor in April 2015. AFP/Getty Images

(Inside Manila) Happening from April 16 to 26 each year, the Lyrid meteor shower is one of the most-awaited astronomical events of the month.


The Lyrids occurs among the background stars of the show’s radiant point in the constellation Lyra, the Harp. It comes from the debris left by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher as it circles the sun. The comet takes 415.5 years to complete a cycle and will only return to the solar system in 2276.


As it peaks on the night of 21st up to the pre-dawn hours of the following day, stargazers from the Northern Hemisphere—the Philippines among them—will see the greatest number of meteors. The weather permitting means it will all be dark skies on that night, hence a perfect observing experience sans special observation equipment.


According to Space.com, the Lyrid meteor shower isn’t the only thing to grace the sky during its peak. Jupiter will rise in the east and its Great Red Spot will be visible, Mars and Saturn will join the night sky in the summer constellation Sagittarius, and the constellation Leo will appear in the south.


To best view the show, get out of town and get far away from city lights as light pollution can hinder the view of the Lyrid meteor shower.

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