Lyrid meteor shower peaks this week

Posted April 19, 2017

The annual Lyrid meteor shower started on Sunday and the phenomenon could last until April 25, with its peak period expected to be around 8pm Saturday this week, the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) said. NASA says 10 to 20 Lyric meteors per hour can usually be observed during the shower's peak.

Make sure the night sky is clear before venturing out in the darkness to watch it.

What causes the Lyrid meteor shower are the interactions that follow when Earth passes through the dust left by comet C/186 G1 Thatcher. However, they must be away from the city and light.

The Lyrid is one of the world's oldest meteor showers, named after the constellation Lyra.

People here can observe the meteor shower with plain eyes, without any astronomical telescope.

The pre-dawn hours will offer the spectacle of the highest number of falling meteors.

For more information on the Lyrid meteor shower, visit the organization's website.

Assuming you are in an area with clear skies, your next challenge is getting somewhere dark.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that its first baby falcon of 2017 hatched around 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

Because of this, onlookers just need to simply look up at the open sky and wait for a meteor to appear without having to focus on a single point. There are some great apps on your smart phone to help you find the specific star closest to the point of origin for the meteors. Many Lyrid meteors - about a quarter of them - leave persistent, and visible, trains of ionized gas that glows for a few seconds in the wake of the meteor.