So finally they are here. Lyrid meteor showers’ peak time tonight is here. , Here are details on how and where to watch these falling meteors
By S Ubaid
Meteor shower that was being awaited for the last several weeks is finally here and Lyrid meteor showers are falling in large numbers right now. If you haven’t been able to watch them till now, my advise will be not to lose any more time and head towards a good location where sky is clear. The best and the peak time of the meteors is yet to come. Experts suggest that the meteors will peak around 3am towards the end of the night so you still have the time to be the part of the world wide party of men and women who are trying to watch meteors from their respective parts of the world.
Though Lyrid meteor shower is not as good as those of Geminid, nonetheless if the time is right and you are lucky enough you can still watch dozens of meteors falling from the sky in one hour. Unlike Geminid meteor showers, during Lyrid there are just around 25-30 meteors falling from sky in one hour. During Gemninid meteor shower we can expect more than a hundred meteors falling from sky in one hour.
They are the first major meteor showers of the year. Lyrids are an annual occasions and the Lyrid meteor showers occur when the Earth runs into the stream of cosmic ruins of C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which is a periodic comet. Of course, debris from the comet is what we see as Lyrids in the April nights. Most meteor showers happen when the Earth moves through some comets, whose ruins would shine in sunlight. Lyrid showers have been observed for nearly 3000 years. When it comes to the 2013 Lyrids shower, timing is much crucial, because a quarter moon will illuminate in the night sky from April 18 to April 25. So, the Lyrids meteors, which will only be seen properly in dark night, won’t come to sight easily and you can’t enjoy the splendor if you fail to keep timing. So, set your alarm clock for the right time and get up early to observe the shower. As per space scientists, April 22 is ideal for watching Lyrids showers this year.
The best time to watch: People want to be aware of the best time when it can be watched in the largest numbers. The moon will begin to fall just before 4 a.m. EDT on April 21 on the U.S. east coast. That is, the best time to watch the meteor shower extends from around 3:30 am to just before the dawn break. So it is necessary that you should wake up early morning on the day the shower is expected to peak to watch the fall at its best. The Lyrid meteor shower is visible from all over the world. On its peak night, you could expect a rate of 10 to 100 meteors per hour. It could vary based on different factors. However, as a watcher, you are expected to find a better place to have a view of the floating showers. It is also important that you should find a place that is far away from city lights and other impediments.
How to watch: You shouldn’t look directly at Lyra. You should better relax and lie on your back or a comfortable reclining chair and look straight in the night sky. No special equipment is actually needed for watching the meteor showers. You can just open you naked eyes at the skies for watching the dazzling meteors. So what you need to do is to find a comfortable reclining chair, sit back and enjoy the spatial fireworks. Be calm and control your impulse, otherwise you can lose this show of great lights.