Lyrid meteor shower to light up Night Sky

Lyrid meteor shower to light up Night Sky

The annual Lyrid meteor shower is active every year from about April 16 to 25. As per reports published by ABC News, the meteor is predicted to peak on Wednesday. The shower is expected to produce about 20 meteors per hour when it will be on its peak.

Bill Cooke of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Meteoroid Environment Office said the Lyrids are really unpredictable. This year, the shower is expected to produce 15 to 20 Lyrid meteors per hour, Cooke added.

The Lyrid meteors are debris pieces that have broken away from the Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. The comet responsible for the Lyrid meteor shower swings close to earth and produce meteors around mid-April every year. The Lyrid meteor shower is produced when the planet travels through the comet's debris stream.

The meteor event has been observed by astronomers for more than 2,600 years. In Chinese records from 687 BC, during the event, stars fell like rain. For those people who want to view the event, NASA has provided some guidelines.

The space agency stated, "No special equipment is needed to watch a meteor shower. Simply find a dark, open sky away from artificial lights. Lie down comfortably on a blanket or lawn chair, and look straight up".