The Lyrid meteor shower of 2020 will be at its best, however, NASA has just caught some “shooting stars” with cameras over the United States.
Fireballs from the Lyrid meteor shower, which tops late today around evening time and early Wednesday (April 21-22), were caught by a few cameras with NASA’s All-sky Fireball Network in the extremely early times of at the beginning of today. A video of camera symbolism shows Lyrid meteors as they lit up the predawn sky at destinations the nation over.
The Lyrid meteor shower happens every year in April when the Earth goes through a trash trail left by the Comet Thatcher (formally known as C/1861 G1 Thatcher). Records for the meteor shower go back over 2,700 years, making it one of the most seasoned realized meteor shows, NASA authorities have said.
The recordings were recorded by some of 17 unique cameras at different areas over the U.S., with a bunch of six spread out across Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, five in New Mexico and Arizona, and three-camera bunches in the Ohio-Pennsylvania region and in Florida.
“A new moon this year will make way for good viewing of the Lyrids, leaving the sky dark,” NASA officials said in a statement. “While rates of Lyrids per hour can be low, they are also known to produce bright fireballs, and this year we are expecting rates of up to 15 meteors per hour.”
The pinnacle likewise concurs with Earth Day on Wednesday and International Dark Sky Week, when skywatchers around the globe revel in the night sky’s magnificence.
“This will actually be a good year for the Lyrids and it is exciting the peak is on Earth Day and in the middle of International Dark Sky Week,” Bill Cooke, leader of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, said in a similar proclamation.
“While the Lyrids aren’t as prolific as other meteor showers like the Perseids or Geminids, they usually do produce some bright fireballs,” Cooke said. “Since the moon will be nearly invisible April 22, rates should be about as good as it gets for this shower.”
The Lyrids will seem to emanate out from the group of stars Lyra (thus their name).
“The Lyrids appear to come from the vicinity of one of the brightest stars in the night sky — Vega,” NASA officials said in a statement. “Vega is one of the easiest stars to spot, even in light-polluted areas.”