We are around the middle of April and the days are approaching for the so-called Lyrid meteor shower, a celestial phenomenon that takes place every year between 16 and 30 April. In essence, this phenomenon is one Impressive drizzle of stars.
According to the scientific organization American Meteor Society, the effect will be activated around April 15 and will peak on the evening of April 21 and in the early morning hours of April 22. No need to worry if you can not watch him that night sky or if the weather does not help. According to experts, monitoring a night before or after the climax will also be very impressive.
The Lyrides, also known as the first rain of "falling stars" of spring, do not produce many meteorites, perhaps 10 to 15 per hour, but the effects they create in the sky may be brighter and brighter than other larger meteor showers. Sometimes they create bright "falling stars" with long tails that remain visible for several seconds. In fact, every few decades, up to 100 meteors appear per hour. No such thing is expected for this year, but forecasts could fall short.
This rain, which was first recorded in 687 BC, apparently comes from the constellation of Lyra, from where it got its name, and especially from the star Vega which is the brightest star in this constellation and the second brightest star in the night sky of the northern hemisphere.
But in reality, the source of the Lyrids is the cloud of debris left behind by a comet named C / 1861 G1 Thatcher, which was last observed in the 19th century. However, every year, our planet is affected by the cloud of dust left behind by the comet on previous visits. Small particles and other pieces of dust and debris collide with the Earth's atmosphere, creating this luminous representation in the night sky.
This year, the moon will be two-thirds full when the Lyrid meteor shower is at its peak, making it a bit difficult to monitor the phenomenon. The hours just before dawn or just before nightfall are probably the best times to see the sky.
Anyway, if you want to see the Lyrides, it is good to stay away from city lights as much as possible and find a spot in the open or on top of a hill so that you can clearly see the night sky without obstacles.
It is not necessary to look at a specific part of the sky, but as we said the Lyrians start their journey from the constellation Lyra. Therefore, if one knows where to look, one may have an even better viewing experience, but this is not necessary.