Light pollution obscures view of meteor showers

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While these annual showers have been known to produce as many as 100 meteors an hour, that is once again not expected for this go-round. The comet's orbit around the sun is 415 years long. The Lyrid meteors will streak across the sky is various directions, radiating in the direction of the constellation Lyra.

To maximise your chances, steer clear of city skies and others forms of light pollution. You can use one of countless apps-like Google Sky-to find the Lyra constellation, which should be nearly directly overhead.

"The Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors, though not as fast or as plentiful as the famous Perseids in August, Lyrids can surprise watchers with as many as 100 meteors seen per hour", the USA space agency reports.

The best night to see the Lyrids will be the night of Saturday, April 21, into the early morning of Sunday, April 22, although some meteors will be able to be seen on the night before and the night after the shower's peak.

Some meteors leave brilliant trails behind them in the form of ionized gas.

'These meteoroids are sand- and pebble-sized bits of rock that were once released from their parent comet.

You might even be able to catch the Lyrids on Friday night or Sunday night, so it might be best to keep your eyes peeled all weekend.

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SC is expected to have "fair" visibility of the meteor shower this year, according to AccuWeather.

The sounds, they explain, must be the result of electromagnetic energy from the meteor that has travelled to the viewer miles away, and been converted to acoustic waves.

This creates pressure waves, which can then manifest as photoacoustic sound. Chinese astronomers compared the Lyrids to a "rainfall of stars" in the year 687 BCE.

These April showers, star gazers will appreciate.

While hardly a rich display like the famous August Perseids or December Geminids, the April Lyrids are brilliant and appear to move fairly fast, appearing to streak through our atmosphere at 30 miles per second.

This weekend's viewing will be the last one we get of comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher for a long while.

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