Upcoming Lyrid Meteor Shower Could Shoot Fireballs Through The Sky
A meteor shower is a wonderful event that everyone can share together without ever having to leave their back garden. The universe has dedicated to treating the world to a very special shower which could be so much more amazing than first thought. The Lyrid meteor shower is due this week with its peak hitting around Wednesday but it’s not any ordinary meteor shower, it’s got a trick up its sleeve – fireballs!
Lyrid Meteor Shower
As the date of the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower edges closer and closer it’s likely that an increasing number of shooting stars in the night sky will be visible. The peak for this shower is on the night of April 21st and moves into the early morning hours of April 22nd. In general, this shower produces between ten and fifteen meteors each and every hour with the majority falling in the few hours before dawn. That said, there’s potential for much more. The Lyrid shower can sometimes have “outbursts” where it sends up to 100 meteors per hour, which would just be incredible to watch. While this isn’t a guaranteed occurrence, it’s still a possibility.
The good news doesn’t stop there either! This shower, in particular, is known to produce exceptionally bright meteors which are essentially fireballs. Given that the moon turns new less than one day after the expected peak, the night sky is set to be extremely dark; perfect for meteor watching. Couple all of that with the current situation and millions of cars not on the road, the conditions couldn’t be better to relax outside and enjoy the show. The more open space, the better. While being in a big city may make it difficult to see the shower properly, those in more rural areas will have a clearer view and it’s sure to be recorded.
Whether you’re self-isolating or not in the strange times, we can all watch and enjoy this amazing event that nature offers us each year, apart, but together. If you can catch the shower during one of its famed outbursts, which may or may not happen, then it’s going to be a life-changing week. Outburst or not though, this fireball meteor shower is one that no one forgets, whether they’ve seen it once or ten times, it never ceases to amaze. So, will you be watching?