Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

A meteor shower is making an appearance over Canada this weekend

A meteor shower is making an appearance over Canada this weekend

The Lyrid meteor shower is one of the oldest known, with sightings dating back to 687 B.C., reported Business Insider. The best time to view it will be after midnight and before dawn'.

The greatest number of meteors will fall during the few hours before dawn.

This weekend, in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Lyrid meteor shower will soar across darkened skies. "Meteor watching requires plenty of patience, particularly with a medium-strength shower such as the Lyrids", wrote Paul Sutherland on Skymania.

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.

This year, the peak of the shower is expected to showcase about 18 meteors and hour, provided the sky is dark enough for them to be visible.

Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environmental Office told Space.com that people will be able to see anywhere between 15 and 20 meteors per hour during its peak, depending on how clear the sky is.

An outburst of Lyrid meteors is always a possibility, though no Lyrid outburst is predicted for 2018.

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The 2018 Lyrid Meteor Shower is concerning a sky near you this weekend.

Vega, the brightest star in the constellation, will rise over the horizon in the northeast around 9 to 10 p.m.in the northern hemisphere, according to EarthSky.

So, grab a warm blanket to shield you from the cool morning air and head out to a secluded place outside the city, lie down on the grass or on the hood of your auto with your feet pointing east and look up.

The good news is you don't need to locate the shower's radiant point in order to spot the falling Lyrids, states EarthSky. After about Thirty Minutes in the dark, your eyes will adjust and you will start to see meteors. But meteors should be visible across the sky.

These can appear everywhere in the sky, but you can easily determine whether one is part of the Lyrids swarm by tracing its path backward to its "radiant"; if it appears to come from the general direction of the constellation Lyra - not far from the bright star Vega in the northeastern sky at dawn - it's nearly certainly part of the Lyrids swarm.

The best times to watch the Lyrid meteor shower will be after midnight and just before dawn, the Met Office says. They originate from comet Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is also starting next week, on April 19, and will last until May 28, offering a long stretch of spectacular "shooting stars" for sky watchers to revel in.

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