Lyrid Fireballs To Glow Across Sky Friday Night

Meteor showers to be observed tomorrow

As the meteors will streak away from the original point and appear in all areas of the sky, onlookers just need to look up at the open sky without having to focus on a single point, it said.

Keen stargazers are in for a treat this weekend as the Lyrid meteor shower peaks in the night sky.

The shower is expected to be at its most intense late Friday and early Saturday, with prime viewing between 2 a.m. and dawn.

The American Meteor Society reports that the Lyrids are classified as a medium-strength shower that lacks consistency in meteors but has been known to produce fireballs.

"It would be best to face toward the northern half of the sky with the moon at your back", AMS recommends.

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This year's second major meteor shower, the Lyrids, will radiate through the Summer Triangle.

The best time to view the Lyrids will be after midnight as the meteors begins to climb high in the sky. They are created by debris from the comet Thatcher, which takes about 415 years to orbit around the sun, according to Time and Date.com.

Observers looking in the eastern sky after midnight can expect around a dozen meteors per hour under favourable conditions, especially since this year's maximum occurs four days before new Moon.

"Meteor showers are notorious for being fickle so you really never know for sure what's in store unless you watch", EarthSky notes.

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