Lyrids Meteor Shower To Pace Up On Earth Day

April 22nd, 2010 - 7:49 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
17lyridsWashington, Apr 22, (THAINDIAN NEWS) April 22 shall witness the peak of Lyrids meteor shower for the year 2010 as they light up the northern hemisphere. Geologists at the observatory are looking forward to the Lyrids meteor shower which usually takes place when planet Earth crosses the periodic Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1). As told by the geologists that after 2010, the comet shall pass our planet earth in the upcoming year of 2267.

People in general are credulous about the meteor show which is said to last 3-4 hours, with an average of 10-12 meteor showers per hour. It was also told that the source of the radiance for the lyrids meteor shower is located somewhere in between Hercules and Lyra constellation.

The highest number of meteor showers that was recorded by the geologists was way back in the year of 1982 when there had been 90 meteor showers in a span of one hour. On April 22, which also happens to be the 40th Anniversary of World Earth Day, people shall witness the setting of the moon in between 1 and 2 am in the morning. Following the setting, the eastern sky will witness the Lyrids meteor shower that begins with a star trailing all the way to Vega (the blue and white star).

It was told that all stargazers who wish to witness this grand natural phenomenon will get their best viewing opportunity, in the country side than in the cities owing to the presence of clear skies in the countryside. The best thing about the lyrids meteor shower is that unlike eclipse where you need special x-ray glasses, the naked eye can witness the shower without any hassle or hindrance.

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