Here's when the 2020 Lyrid meteor shower is visible from the UK, and how to watch it.
A METEOR shower will be visible in the UK this week - and should last for 10 days. The Lyrid meteor shower of 2020 will have a period of activity from April 16 to April 30. The Lyrid meteor shower is associated with long-period Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. It peaks on the night of April 21-22. The radiant is where the meteors appear to be coming from. The most spectacular are 'Lyrid fireballs', which occur when meteoroids the size of a large marble pass through the atmosphere.
To increase your chances of spotting a shooting star, you should look towards the east-northeast direction, as the meteors will emanate from the … While the Lyrid meteors will be visible all across the sky. The Lyrid meteor shower takes place annually between 16-25 April as the Earth in orbit passes through the dust trail left behind (hundreds of years ago) by comet C/186 G1 (Thatcher). See meteor shower animation to find out visibility conditions for viewing the meteor shower from your location. New Meteor Shower Interactive Sky Map . Click and drag to explore other parts of the sky. What Is a Meteor Shower? Monday, 20th April 2020, 10:32 am .
The Lyrid meteor shower is visible every year between mid-April and the end of the month when Earth flies through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher. April Meteor Shower. Updated Monday, 20th April 2020, 10:33 am. It tends to peak around April 22 or 23. The Lyrid Meteor Shower is usually active between April 16 and 25 every year. Named after constellation Lyra, the Lyrids are one of the oldest recorded meteor showers—according to some historical Chinese texts, the shower was seen over 2,500 years ago. The Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map shows the position of the radiant in the night sky above any location. As the name suggests, the radiant of the Lyrid meteor shower is in the direction of the constellation of Lyra, the Lyre, signposted by the bright star Vega. Oldest Recorded Meteor Shower. It is the oldest recorded meteor shower still visible today, and was first recorded in 687 BCE. Lyrid meteor shower. By Alex Nelson.