Posted: Wed 22nd Apr 2015

The Lyrids meteor shower hits its peak.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015

The annual Lyrids meteor shower which lights up the night sky with bright shooting stars began to show around the 16th April and lasts about 10 days.
Tonight will see us head towards the peak of the shower where up to 20 meteors an hour may be seen, with crystal clear skies the chances of seeing a good few meteors is high.
Location in the sky tonight.
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Screenshot from 2015-04-22 21:42:57
How best to see the Lyrids?
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The best time to view them will be after midnight, ideally in an open field away from light pollution and face south.
You can expect to see most of the bright streaks in the early hours of the morning, you wont need any special equipment to watch them as they are visible to the naked eye.

The Lyrids are created by debris from comet Thatcher, which takes about 415 years to orbit around the Sun.

 

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