People living in the Northern hemisphere are in for a treat. Come April they will get to witness the Lyrid Meteor shower which is observed on the trail of the Comet Thatcher.

The dates of observing the meteor shower are from 16th April to 25th April. Of course a lot depends on the weather conditions, but the best view will be on the morning of 22nd April, Sunday. The best time to view the meteor shower on any day is before dawn.

Here are some quick facts about the Lyrid meteor shower. The average meteors observed per hour vary anywhere from 15 to 20.

This year it is expected that up to 18 meteors will be observed per hour. However, in the past the Lyrid meteor shower has also been known to go as high as 100 meteors within an hour.

Such high intensity is of course spectacular to watch. Such a high intensity period is called an outburst. Sadly, there is no way to predict when an outburst will take place.

Although close observers of these events claim that a periodicity is maintained in these showers, there is no concrete data to support these claims. Institutions such as NASA who record all the relevant data, are only able to give a calculated average span of years between these outbursts.

However average is not a correct measure when you want to predict when next can it be expected.

Where will it occur?

Radiant is the point in the sky from where the meteors seem to originate or start. The Lyrid meteor showers Radiant point is located in the constellation called Lyra.

It will be towards the northeast of the brightest star of the current season, Vega. Take this as the reference point for your observation, but keep a look throughout if you want to catch some long tailed beauties.

Lyrid Meteor shower is one amongst the many meteor showers we witness throughout the year; another remarkable and slightly brighter affair is seen during the Perseid Meteor Shower.

The Lyrid meteors are parts of the trail of Thatcher, whose orbit around the sun is of a 415 year long span. When earth crosses the path the comet took, we collide with the crumbs that it left in its wake; which we call meteors.


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