Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend


Shooting stars friends beware: In the night on Sunday the Lyrids are best seen.

The falling stars of the Lyrids have been sparkling in the night sky since the 16th and until April 25th. Your broadcasting point lies in the constellation Lyre. People are always fascinated by them – the first reports on the Lyrids came from the year 687 BC.

The Lyrids are fast falling stars that penetrate into the Earth’s atmosphere at speeds of 50 kilometers per second – that’s 180,000 kilometers per hour. A trip from Earth to the Moon would only take two hours at this speed.

The source of the Lyrids was the comet Thatcher (C / 1861 G1). It circles the sun on an elongated elliptical orbit in 415 years. The comet was discovered on 4 April 1861 by Albert E. Thatcher of Manhattan (New York). Thatcher was an amateur astronomer, borrowing a telescope from a friend.

The maximum of falling snowfall occurs during the night of 22nd to 23rd April 2018. Up to twenty meteors per hour flare up. But the shooting stars are best seen the night before.

Lyrid shooting stars are probably best seen today

Although only the maximum of the current is reached on Monday, the Sunday is in the opinion of astronomers for observers but almost as good. And on Monday morning the sky is covered in many places, in the north it even rains. “The chances of observation are still best in the south and east,” said Ruppert.

“The falling stars of the Lyrids are actually a weak stream, which is sometimes good for surprises,” said the chairman of the Association of the Star Friends, Sven Melchert, in Heppenheim, southern Hesse. Most shooting stars are seen after midnight. “Then this year, the growing crescent has also disappeared below the horizon.”


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