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When & Where To View The Lyrid Meteor Shower This April

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by Conscious Reminder

The meteor shower called Lyrid is about to come again, and a lot of people are very excited. For those of us that missed this meteor shower in 2018, this year will be our chance to see something really special.

If you don’t know, the meteor shower called Lyrid is an excellent sky show which occurs once in a year.

The peak is going to happen on the 22nd and 23rd of April, and although it will not be magical as other showers, we will have the ability to catch at least 20 or more meteors in an hour. Also, we should have the ability to see several between the 19th of April and the 25th of April.

The meteor shower got its name after the Lyra constellation, and it is one of the oldest recorded meteor showers. Also, it is a shower which we saw for the last several thousand years. The debris which causes it actually comes from Thatcher, which is a comet.

According to some sources, the comet will not be truly visible until somewhere around the 2276 year, so the meteor showers would be the closest possible glimpse that anyone of us is going to get between right now and probably the period we are going to pass from the world. We will not need special equipment and special skills in order to view the meteor shower.

Although all we really need would be a clear and bright sky, patience, and also the handy Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map with the visibility conditions meter, in order to see the meteor shower, here are some tips which may help us minimize our shooting star seeing experience:

We should find a sheltered viewing spot, which will be away from city lights. When we are at that spot, our eyes should take about 15 to 20 minutes in order to adjust to the darkness.

We should dress comfortably, particularly if we have some plans to be out for a more extended period. We can even take a blanket with us or also take a comfortable and practical chair with us – meteor shower watching may take a lot of time.

When we finally find our viewing spot, we should lie down on the ground, and then look up right in the radiant direction. We should use the Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map, or also a table, in order to see which the present direction of this radiant is.

If we are far away from city lights, it would be much better. If we live in the ‘middle of nowhere’ then we are about to see quite a lot from this meteor shower.

Lyra is going to be high on the night sky, on the northeast side of Vega; it will be a really prominent one too.

We have to really focus on this radiant too intensely, because the meteors are going to have long tails, depending on the location.

A lot of people love viewing such things and make wishes because there is really something mind-blowing that surrounds the memories and events made right when they experience them.

Of course, 20 meteors in an hour do not sound a lot; however, when we are experiencing it, this number is enough in order to make us see that we are really small in our Universe.

There are a lot of things happening which we need to explore.

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