Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018: How and when to see it this weekend

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The known ever oldest Lyrids meteor shower can be witnessed annually but the cosmetic event can be witnessed for more than a week this year.

Named after the Lyra constellation, from where these meteors seem to radiate (also known as their radiant point), this lovely astrological event typically starts in mid-April and will debut tomorrow, April 16.

The greatest number of meteors will fall during the few hours before dawn.

While meteor showers are hard to accurately predict, you'll probably get your best glimpse of it in the early morning hours of April 22 (if you're in the northern hemisphere), when the waxing moon is least likely to interfere. In some years, the shower heightens in exactly what's called an "outburst" and produce as much as 100 shooting stars.

The spring and summer season meteor shower season begins this month with the Lyrid meteor shower, which runs April 16-25, however peaks Sunday, April 22, however skywatchers might likewise see them on the days prior to and after the peak.

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It is named after the constellation Lyra.

Those living in the Northern Hemisphere get the best view of this meteor shower. Don't look directly toward the radiant, though, because you might miss the meteors with the longest tails.

For the rest of April, you'll have a good chance of seeing some shooting stars as the Lyrid meteor shower comes through this year. That's when the meteor shower is supposed to "peak", with around 10-20 meteors per hour showing, according to EarthSky.

Where is the best place to see the Lyrid Meteor Shower?

"The moon will be really favorable for them this year; it will set by the time the Lyrid radiant is high in the sky", Cooke told

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According to EarthSky, the waxing moon isn't expected to get in the way. The shower will intensify and produce more meteors as Vega climbs higher in the sky, so be mindful of the star's rising time.

NASA advises spectators go outside bundled up, and lie flat on their backs for several minutes before the start of the shower so their eyes can adjust to the darkness.

The shower happens when the earth crosses through debris from the comet Thatcher.

Among the earliest showers on record, the Lyrids were found in China around 687 BC, however its source, the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, wasn't found till 1861.

The Lyrids are known to be fast and bright meteors that can often surprise spectators. As they burn up in the atmosphere, the meteors leave bright streaks in the sky commonly referred to as "shooting stars".

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