Lyrid meteor shower starts Monday night

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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 Lyrid meteor shower takes place between April 16 and 25, and will likely peak the morning of April 22.

The forecast might cooperate for the oldest of the meteor shower to hit Earth, the Lyrids.

According to EarthSky, the waxing moon isn't expected to get in the way.

Friday night's forecast is clear, so those determined to see a Lyrid meteor may want to consider looking skyward in the hours of early Saturday morning instead.

However the meteor shower will also be visible on April 21 and 23.

There should be around 10-20 meteors per hour at the shower's peak on the morning of April 22, according to EarthSky.

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Accuweather says those watching the sky in the late night hours should be able to see Mars and Saturn in the southeast, and Mercury will be just above the eastern horizon before daybreak. This was the case in 1982, when American stargazers were treated to a stunning outburst of 100 Lyrid meteors per hour.

An outburst of Lyrid meteors is always a possibility, though no Lyrid outburst is predicted for 2018. In many previous years, the shower has been notably more active than expected.

Luckily, the moon will not interfere with the 2018 Lyrid meteor shower, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com.

Meteor showers can be awesome night sky sights, but how well do you know your shooting star facts? Do not forget to allow your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the dark, The Indy Channel advises, and enjoy the magnificent show. Observers there said the Lyrids were "falling like rain".

'The Lyrid meteor shower is named as such because it appears to radiate from the constellation Lyra, though it is better to view the Lyrids away from this constellation so they appear longer and more impressive'. As they burn up in the atmosphere, the meteors leave bright streaks in the sky commonly referred to as "shooting stars". The best time to view it will be after midnight and before dawn'.

Lyrid meteors are little pieces of Comet Thatcher, a long-period comet that orbits the sun about once every 415 years.

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