Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018

Lyrid Meteor Shower. Image Credit: NASA
Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018: All meteor showers are caused by debris in the path of Earth’s orbit. In the case of the Lyrid Meteor Shower, this debris originates from comet c/1861 G1, also known as comet Thatcher. When the Earth encounters the debris field, the debris hits Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high velocities, causing it to burn up. During the Lyrids, many of these meteors leave a bright, short lived trail, ensuring a spectacular show. The best time to view the Lyrids is in the early morning hours when the Moon has set and you are facing Earth’s direction of travel. Though the Lyrids are only expected to produce 10-20 meteors per hour in dark skies, a little patience will go a long way. Even is suburban areas, the visibility of the shower will enhanced by the bright meteors associated with this shower.

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