Saturday, April 21, 2012

Watch out for the Lyrid meteor shower this weekend!

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend. The annual meteor shower can be seen worldwide. This year, conditions are very favourable because of the absence of the bright moon. The Lyrid meteors will shoot across the sky from the constellation of Lyra which rises only after midnight.

The best time for us in Singapore to start observing this meteor shower is probably around 3am to 4am (Sunday morning) when the constellation is higher in the sky. The Lyrids should be active all the way till before sunrise.

Find a dark location away from light pollution, face the north-eastern sky and lie down and get comfortable. You don't need a telescope or binoculars to observe a meteor shower. On average, you should be able to spot up to 20 Lyrids per hour in excellent conditions. And if you are lucky, you may catch an outburst.

For those of you who wish to view the Lyrids from the comfort of your home, a live video feed of the Lyrid meteor shower will be embedded on NASA's webpage. Good luck and clear skies.

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