Washington, April 19: The World Earth Day 2018 will also see some magic in the sky. Or more specifically, the Space. The Lyrid meteor shower this year will be there to see for everybody on the evening of April 21, Saturday night. It is expected to last till the early morning of April 22 which is also World Earth Day, 2018. At its peak, the Lyrid meteor shower will show up to 20 meteors per hour. Here's more information relating to the Lyrid meteor and the best places to view it from:
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has indicated in its video that the meteor will shower from April 14 to April 30. In the northern hemisphere it will peak in early morning of Sunday, April 22.
The best place to view the Lyrid asteroid is somewhere away from light. Ideally a few hours after the moon has set. The condition of low lights is the reason that the bigger cities in the world may miss the view owing to high light pollution. The meteors shower will peak on early morning of April 22.
Special arrangements need not be made for viewing the meteors like telescopes, binoculars and other equipment. Hemisphere and weather are two important elements to keep in mind when trying to view the meteors. Although, the meteors will be available for view irrespective of location, the East Coast from Pennsylvania to Maine as well as a swath on the West Coast that includes parts of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Washington and California.
What are Lyrids Meteors?
The Lyrids meteors are classified as a medium-strength shower. They are visible every year in April. They are also one of the oldest known meteor showers and are expected to have first taken place 2,700 years ago.