Meteor show: Lyrids to reach peak

This weekend, you should take a break and look up high in the sky for an amazing interstellar show.

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The Lyrid meteor shower will hit its peak this weekend and will produce on average about 10 to 15 Lyrids an hour. There may be surges that will bring that number up to 100, CBS News reported.

The actual peak will hit at about 1:06 UTC Sunday or 9:06 p.m. EDT Saturday, according to EarthSky. They will start becoming visible around 10:30 p.m., according to Space.com.

The moon will not be bright in the night sky since the new moon was on Thursday, so you will be able to see a trail of ionized gas that will glow as the meteors streak across the sky.

The shower will radiate from the area of Vega in the Lyra constellation, but you don’t need to be able to find the exact constellation in the sky, only know that the radiation point will rise in the northeast before midnight and will be able to be seen anywhere in the sky mostly between midnight and dawn, EarthSky said.

You’re going to want to find an area that’s dark, without streetlights, according to NASA. You should head out about 30 minutes before you plan on looking for meteors to let your eyes adjust. Make sure you have a sleeping bag, blanket or even a lawn chair, then all you have to do is lie back with your feet facing east and look up.


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