This weekend is the best time to watch the Lyrid meteor shower

April meteor shower may be oldest known to man

April meteor shower may be oldest known to man

"The range of meteors may differ, and very infrequently 'storm, ' however on a exact dark and moonless night that there are usually up to 20 great meteors an hour", in accordance with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory "This calendar year's peak should really be comparatively free from glowing moonlight because the moon will soon set before the peak of this shower". For more than 2,600 years, humans have witnessed the Lyrid Meteor Storm.

The spectacular Lyrid meteor showers are coming to Earth's sky this weekend to blow your mind away.

From mid-to-late April you can usually see Lyrid meteors in the sky, but the peak time to watch will be from Saturday night into Sunday morning. Chinese astronomers in 687 B.C. first noted that this meteor shower was so intense, they were "falling like rain".

The annual shower, which happens between April 16 and 25 each year, occurs when the Earth passes through the tail of a comet.

"The shower will be best viewed after midnight when the radiant is highest in the sky".

Here on the Oregon Coast, cloud cover can make or break meteor viewing for sky-watchers.

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This weekend's shower will radiate from east-northeast near the Lyra constellation, which is how the shower earned its name.

"Lay back and get as much of the sky in your view as possible, and just wait", Samuhel said.

It follows that the best views are reserved for those dedicated souls prepared to observe in the small hours between moonset and the first light of dawn around 4am BST in the United Kingdom when the radiant of the Lyrids is high in the southeast. You can see a map of light pollution here and more info on the Lyrids here.

Not as many meteors will be visible on these nights, but rates may reach 10 to 15 meteors an hour.

During the star party, the night sky will also feature Venus, the brightest planet; Jupiter, the second brightest; Sirius, the brightest star; Leo the Lion, the constellation that marks spring; and the brightest cluster of stars known as Seven Sisters.