Warm temperatures and clear skies can only mean one thing: stargazing weather is upon us again. While you may not be able to pitch those tents right now, here's some literally blazing news to brighten up your 2020. You'll get to see a brilliant display of the Lyrid meteor showers in Washington this April!
This year's Lyrid meteor shower will take place from Thursday, April 16 through Saturday, April 25.
If you're looking to make the most of hump day, this is perfect as the "shower" is expected to peak on Wednesday, April 22 when there's no moonlight and the skies are reportedly at its darkest.
You'll be able to spot about 10 to 15 meteors per hour. But the Lyrids can be quite unpredictable, sometimes shooting off up to 100 stars per hour! The only way you'll know if that's going to happen? By watching it, of course.
The frequency at which they zip by is fairly high by midnight and the highest just before dawn breaks.
As the skies are quite infinite, you're probably wondering where you can find them; the meteors are known to originate from a constellation called Lyra.
Turn towards the bright star called Vega which rises in the northeast at about 10 p.m. on April evenings.
Not everyone can say they watched space debris burning up the sky. But in case you need more reason, the Lyrids are known to be one of the oldest meteor showers and have been observed for more than 2,700 years, according to NASA.
Even Space.com's Joe Rao notes that humans have been spotting them since 687 BC in China.
Aside from the fact that it's ancient, what makes it so popular? It's because you can see it with your naked eye!
It's recommended that you find a secluded viewing spot (preferably away from the city lights). Since meteor-watching can be a waiting game, you should also get a comfy chair and a blanket to cozy under.
There's even a map of the best stargazing spots to help you find a secluded location near you.
Once you do, just sit back and enjoy the radiant show. Maybe, wish on a few too.
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