After a long break, the meteor season returns this month with the highest annual meteor shower. Most of the first three months of the year represent a dry spell for night sky watchers, as basically nothing happens during theIn early January and the Lyrids signaled the return of the opportunity to venture out in the cold amid mild temperatures.
Lyrids are slated to be active in 2021 around April 15, according to the American Meteor Society, and will take place on the evening of April 21 until the early hours of April 22 if you can’t go out that night. or The weather doesn’t cooperate where you are.A night before or after the summit is also expected to be a good viewing opportunity.
Lyrids do not produce as many meteorites, maybe 10 to 15 per hour, but tend to include more bright and dramatic fireballs than other large rainfall.Every few decades we get eruptions during Lyrids, which increases the rate. It is not predicted to happen in 2021, but these are also difficult to predict.
The source of the Lyrids is a cloud of debris that was last seen by the comet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher in the 19th century and will not pass through the inner solar system for more than two centuries. Each year, though, our Earth drifts through dust clouds left on previous visits, little space pebbles and other debris and debris collide with our atmosphere and flare up. Above us makes a fleeting little light show, so many people are willing to stay up late or wake up. Early in the morning to catch
This year, with more than two-thirds of the moon going full at the peak of the Lyrids, it’s best to check out the show before dawn and after the moon has set at your location.
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But this doesn’t mean evening viewing is ineffective. The moment after dusk is a great opportunity to capture the bright “Earth grazer” along the horizon.
Whenever you go out and look for the Lyrids, stay as far away from the light pollution as possible and find spots such as open fields or mountain peaks with expansive, unobstructed night sky views. Lie down, let your eyes adjust, relax, and watch.
There is no need to look at any part of the sky, but the Lyrids will appear to be creeping outward from their named constellation Lyra, which travels from that part of the sky like spokes. So if you can find the Lyra and orient yourself towards it, that’s fine. But not absolutely necessary
Stay warm, stay safe and enjoy the space show! If an amateur astrophotographer accidentally sees an awesome Lyrid fireball, please share it with me on Twitter @EricCMack.
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