Lyrids meteor shower – April 2015

The Lyrids are will peak on April 22, 2015. A waxing crescent Moon will create good viewing conditions. Those in Europe are best located to view the meteor shower. The best time to watch it is after midnight on April 22.

The Lyrids meteor shower are usually active between April 16 and April 25 every year. It tends to peak around April 22 or April 23.

Considered to be the oldest known meteor shower, the Lyrids are named after constellation Lyra. The radiant point of the shower – the point in the sky where the meteors seem to emerge from – lies near the star Vega, one of the brightest stars in the sky during this time of the year.

The Lyrids are associated with comet Thatcher, which takes about 415 years to orbit around the Sun.

Where to view the Lyrids

While observers in the Northern Hemisphere are best located to view the Lyrids, those in mid Southern Hemisphere latitudes can also see the shower between midnight and dawn.

It is not necessary to look in a particular direction to enjoy a meteor shower – just lay down on the ground and look directly above and you are bound to see some meteors. However, astronomers suggest lying down on the ground looking towards the East and look at the sky above you to view the Lyrids.


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