Stories about the impending Lyrid meteor shower on Wednesday night have been peppering the news: we know what it is (a shower that occurs each April when debris from the Comet Thatcher meteor vaporises in Earth’s atmosphere); what time to look for it (between midnight and dawn); and how many meteors we can expect to see (between 10 and 18 per hour). In fact, go out any night and you’re likely to see more ‘sporadic’ meteors (coincidental bits of debris that ‘fall’ into the earth’s atmosphere and burn up as ‘shooting stars’ in any direction) than what you’ll see from the Lyrids. The Lyrid meteor shower is more visible in the northern hemisphere, but even there, it’s not considered one of the best. You’re more likely to see Billie Eilish in a dress than a Lyrid meteor from where we live.”. It’s probably not the sign you’ve been waiting for – nor the entertainment, for that matter – but it’s appearing over the Sydney skies next week all the same. April 22nd, however, is the ideal time when it comes to visibility here in our part of the world. © 2020 Boss Hunting | All Rights Reserved. Photograph: Fernando Rodrigues/Creative Commons. This interactive map can tell you exactly where to look. The Lyrid Meteor Shower is gracing our skies very soon and it’s certainly not one to miss. The fireballs are created by debris from the comet Thatcher. But Perry Vlahos, vice president and curator of current phenomena at the Astronomical Society of Victoria, says you’re better off staying in bed. As one of the oldest known meteor showers, the Lyrid Meteor Shower is generally active between April 16th and April 25th every year. We already have this email. The Lyrid Meteor Shower was first documented in China around 687BC. And its been something sighted ever since. but we’d also suggest spending longer than the average two minutes looking up at the sky. All we have to do is find a dark, open bit of sky away from artificial lights; lie down comfortably on a blanket or lawn chair; and look straight up. Broadsheet is a trade mark used under licence by Broadsheet Media Pty Ltd from BM IP Pty Ltd as trustee for the BM IP Trust. In his opinion there are only three meteor showers worth staying awake for in the southern hemisphere: the Eta Aquarids (in the first week of May); the Orionids (October); and the Geminids (December). The best part? “The Lyrid Meteor Shower, from our position … is never anything worth getting up for,” he tells Broadsheet. Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon! The Lyrid Meteor Shower is gracing our skies very soon and it’s certainly not one to miss. But you could still crawl out of bed at 4am and enjoy the show. If you’re further north, near Brisbane, “you may see three or four, but I wouldn’t guarantee it”. Déjà vu! This is when you can expect to see up to 20 meteors per hour. the best Sydney virtual classes and workshops. This particular shower is usually active between April 16 and 25 every year, but there is one night where the shower is expected to peak. You don’t need any special equipment or really any astronomical skills to view this meteor shower. Your eyes often take 15 to 20 minutes to get used to the dark, so we suggest getting comfy and waiting it out. If you’re further north, near Brisbane, “you may see three or four, but I wouldn’t guarantee it”. Here’s something to look out your window for. Prime time for us Aussies will reportedly be a little after midnight – its been suggested that you set up 20 minutes beforehand so your vision has a chance to adjust. The Lyrid meteor shower is one of the oldest recorded meteor showers, first seen 2,500 years ago. You'll be able to see up to 18 meteors per hour in the night sky. Maybe this is the iso talking, but it feels as though there’s something profound about watching the same cosmic fragments skim Earth’s atmosphere that many before us have experienced.
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