The April night skies are holding a spectacular extravaganza for you in the form of meteor showers. The night between the 22nd and the 23rd will see the peaking of this galactic fireworks display.
These Lyrid meteor showers are common in the month of April every year. The shower is named after the constellation Lyra. We are now passing through Comet Thatcher’s tail riding on the Earth in its circumambulation of the Sun. The tail has left debris in the sky made up of dust and ice which burns through our atmosphere every year in April. The earth is driving through a sprinkler system on its journey around the Sun.
The best time to watch is two or three hours before dawn. The frequency of the meteors is generally about ten or thereabouts but sometimes it goes as high as a hundred meteors per hour. These are bright meteors and they sometime leave a smoky trail which lasts for a few moments.
Actually there is no connection between the constellation Lyra and the meteors; it is just that they appear to originate from near the constellation. They also come from the vicinity of the bright star Vega.
So have a meteor party on the rooftop and watch this great show put up by the night skies.
NASA will broadcast live the meteor shower extravaganza on SPACE.com