Stargazers and chasing light photographers are in for a treat as the Lyrid meteor shower will light up the skies this weekend.
A meteor shower, popularly known as shooting stars, occur when a number of meteors flash across the night sky.
The Lyrid meteor shower happens annually between April 16 – April 25.
After a disappointing year for meteor showers in 2016 due to moonlight interference, the Lyriads will be one of the several showers which won’t be affected by the moonlight this year.
With no moon, stargazers might be able to see between 10 and 20 Lyrid meteors per hour at the shower’s peak.
A dark night is best for a meteor shower after midnight and before dawn. Head somewhere away from the bright lights into more rural areas if you can and be prepared to wait a good hour if you want the best chance of seeing a shower. Look for a wide open viewing area – perhaps a national park or large field on the side of a road.
The Lyrids are one of the oldest recorded showers with observations going back to 687 B.C. You don’t need any kind of special equipment to see the meteors; just look up at the dark sky, be patient and enjoy the show.
Meanwhile, let’s take a look at this shared video by Wesley Liikane on You Tube in 2013! As his caption goes, “This here is from 4 days of photographing during the Lyrid Meteor shower of 2013. I went to 2 different locations, Torrance Barrens, Ontario, Canada and Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada.”