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TechnologyThe Lyrid meteor shower is back. Here's how to see April's shooting stars.

08:25  15 april  2019
08:25  15 april  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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The annual Lyrid meteor shower returns every April , and this year NASA' s Bill Cooke says skywatchers should expect an average show . Clear skies and darkness are all you need! This long-exposure photograph taken on April 23, 2015 on Earth Day shows Lyrids meteors shower passing

The Lyrid meteor shower , which occurs annually in April , is caused by debris from Comet Thatcher. Here are skywatching tips to see the shooting stars . The Lyrid meteor shower lights up the sky over a barn on in rural Douglas County, Oregon, on April 21, 2012.Robin Loznak / for NBC News.

The Lyrid meteor shower is back. Here's how to see April's shooting stars.© Robin Loznak Image: Lyrid Meteor Shower

April brings the return of the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Skywatchers may be able to see the shooting stars, though experts say the full moon threatens to upstage this year's show.

"The light from the full moon is pretty much going to completely wash out the Lyrids this year," Bill Cooke, a meteor expert at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said in an email.

The Lyrids — so named because they appear to stream from the constellation Lyra — begin on the evening of April 16 and continue through April 28. The action will peak on the night of April 22, when — moonlight and weather permitting — viewers may be able to see about 20 meteors an hour.

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Here ’ s how to see the shooting stars . April 19, 2018 |by Cap Cana News. Article repost from NBC News. If you like shooting stars , you’re in luck. Like all meteor showers , the Lyrids are caused by fast-moving bits of space debris that create bright streaks when they collide with Earth’ s

The 2019 Lyrids meteor shower will peak on the night of 22 April and early morning of 23 April . Use the meteor shower animation to find out how , where, and when to see these shooting stars . The Lyrid Meteor Shower is usually active between April 16 and 25 every year.

In some previous years, skywatchers reported seeing as many as 100 meteors an hour.

Meteor showers occur when bits of fast-moving debris from a comet collide with Earth's atmosphere as our planet travels around the sun. As the grains of rock and dust smash into air molecules, they quickly heat up to temperatures as high as 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,650 degrees Celsius) — and create dazzling streaks across the sky as they burn up.

"I kind of like thinking about the fact that the particles burning up in our atmosphere during a shower have been orbiting the sun for centuries, finally hitting the top of our atmosphere and going out in a streak of light," Cooke said.

In the case of the Lyrids, the debris comes from comet C/1861 G1, or Comet Thatcher, which was named for the amateur astronomer A. E. Thatcher, who first spotted the comet April 5, 1861.

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The Lyrid meteor shower is of medium brightness, but not as luminous as the famous Perseid meteor shower in August, which tends to produce more prominent trails, Cooke said. As they burn up in the atmosphere, the meteors leave bright streaks in the sky commonly referred to as " shooting stars ."

Here ’ s when, where, and how stargazers can look for a glimpse of the annual Lyrid Meteor Shower that will light up the sky in late April 2018. A Radiant Lyrid Meteor Shower Is Coming to Light up the Sky — Here ’ s How to Watch (Video). There will be shooting stars and a chance of fireballs early

No special equipment is needed to see shooting stars. "All you have to do is lie on your back and look straight up — pretty easy," Cooke said. Just make sure to pick a viewing spot away from city and street lights — and put aside your smartphone.

"Observing meteors requires letting your eyes adapt to the dark, so one does not want to be looking at the screen of a phone or tablet," he said. "That also takes your attention away from the sky."

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