Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2018

2018 Lyrid Meteor Shower Starting; Peaks April 22

EarthSky reports

The annual Lyrid meteor shower is starting! It’s active each year from about April 16 to 25. In 2018, the peak of this shower – which tends to come in a burst and usually lasts for less than a day – is expected to fall on the morning of April 22, with little or no interference from the waxing moon.

No matter where you are on Earth, expect the greatest number of meteors to fall during the few hours before dawn.

All in all the Lyrid meteor shower prospects look pretty good for 2018, though meteor showers are notorious for being fickle and not totally predictable.

In a moonless sky, you might see from about 10 to 20 Lyrid meteors an hour at the shower’s peak on the morning of April 22. In 2018, the waxing moon will set before the primetime morning hours.

Those predicted maxima assume you are watching in a dark, country sky.

Read more and see  photos illustrations at  The Lyrid meteor shower is starting | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky


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