Spring comes with the pure tenderness of heaven and earth, a few endless drizzles and ends with the expected astronomical events. One of them is the Lyrids meteor shower. If you love meteor showers or have questions about this event, the following article will be helpful.
In 2021, the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower will fall on the morning of Thursday, April 22, however, the mornings of this period are also quite ideal for sightings. The waning moon at the end of the month will be present in the dark sky for a long time, so you should check the moonset time carefully.
The annual Lyrids meteor shower is near. The Lyrids consistently break the “meteor drought” that occurs each year from January to April, the period without significant meteor showers. The Lyrids meteor shower occurs annually between April 16 and April 24 and is expected to begin appearing later at night on Monday April 19, with a potential peak at dawn on Thursday April 22.
In April, after a few months of “meteor drought”, many observers are eager to prepare for the event. So, although the frequency is only about 10 to 15 streaks/hour at most, Lyrids are still eagerly sought after.
Wherever you are in the world, the best viewing times are usually after midnight and dawn. This year, the new moon appears on April 12. This means that during the week of the Lyrid meteor shower, the best viewing time will be between moonset and dawn. On April 19, the rather bright moon will return after dusk, but will set a few hours before peak dawn. Check the moonset time on TimeandDate. And here are some things to keep in mind when observing the 2021 Lyrids meteor shower:
☄ Reading Points: Constellation Lyra (Thien Cam), next to the bright star Vega (Vuc Nu). What you need to keep in mind is the time of Lyra’s ascension and its zenith. During peak days, the Lyra will rise between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Northern Hemisphere. It will gradually rise after midnight and reach the highest position before dawn. That doesn’t mean you should skip it late at night, as that may be the best time to catch earth grazers, which are long, slow-moving meteors that simply pass through Earth’s atmosphere and then fly away.
⛺️ Viewing location: Peri-urban or rural areas, away from city lights.
⏱ Observation time: Nocturnal peak from April 22 to the morning of April 23 (preferably after moonset, around 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.)
Don’t expect too much to see as many meteors as possible. A man once said “Watching meteor showers is like fishing. You observe, enjoy the night air and chat with friends. Sometimes you’ll catch something in the sky.” Therefore, enjoy the night sky in the smoothest and most wonderful way.
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