One of the oldest known meteor showers will light up the night sky this week, marking a great start to Earth Day, which celebrates its 50th anniversary. Montana is one of the best places in the United States to view the meteor shower as the Treasure State has more less light pollution that more populated states.
It has to be dark to see it properly so people wanting to catch a glimpse will have to stay up late with the time between midnight and 3.00 am in the United Kingdom expected to be the best time to take a look.
"A new Moon this year will make way for good viewing of the Lyrids, leaving the sky dark", NASA writes on their website. They are known to produce huge fireballs which can be seen shooting across the skies.
The first recorded sighting of Lyrid meteors was in 687 BC!
Meteor showers are caused by the intersection of Earth's orbit with the trail of debris left by the comets and asteroids. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair. If you live in a rural area, you'll have a better chance at spotting the meteors.
Residents living in Brisbane and Queensland's north, as well as Darwin, will have a prime view of the shower.
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Lyrid gets its name from the Lyra constellation.
The Lyrid Meteor Shower is one of the few astronomical events that can be seen around the globe.
These pieces enter the Earth's atmosphere and burn up, creating the meteor shower, or shooting stars, as we often refer to them. Lastly, lie down flat on your back with your feet facing east and allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness which could take at least 20 to 30 minutes.
Peter McMahon, GM of the Jasper Planetarium, says you could see up to 20 meteors per hour on average around the peak.
The next year that Earthlings can observe Thatcher will be in 2276 as the Comet comes with a 415-year orbital period.