We could all do with a bit of sparkle in our lives right now!
And what better way to get it than from a real-life meteor shower? With clear skies, this might be the best year to catch the April Lyrid meteor shower.
This shower is active between April 16-25 when the earth passes through the debris of a comet that’s centuries old. In this case, we are currently going through the debris cloud of Comet C/1861 G1 (Thatcher) which orbits the Sun every 416 years.
According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, it will be at its peak overnight between April 21-22. And the best way to catch it is to look east-southeast just around midnight or the last hour before dawn.
Ideally, you would want to be far away from the city, where the skies are uninterrupted by ambient light and pollution is at a minimum. However, if the sky is clear you should be able to see it from your own backyard. So get comfortable and gaze at the sky.
The Lyrid isn’t the brightest of showers, but it does produce the occasional fireball or outburst. Don’t worry if you don’t get to see this meteor shower, as there’ll be the famously luminous Perseid meteor shower in August.
Featured image: Perseid meteor shower by Austin Human