Lyrid Meteor Shower & An Asteroid Fly-By

Meteor shower Last year's spectacular Lyrid display

Meteor shower Last year's spectacular Lyrid display

There's a meteor shower happening in the skies right now. The best time to view the peak of the Lyrids is Saturday morning about an hour before dawn. The presence of the full moon during other meteor showers this year could mean this will be the best viewing until the Orionids this fall. Qatar will experience the first meteor shower since January during the overnight hours on Saturday, according to experts. You can start to see the meteors before the official peak and they may linger a few days after, there just won't be as many per hour. They are pieces of debris from the periodic Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher which can be seen from Earth each year from mid-April, as the planet runs into the stream of debris from the comet. You still could see some of the brightest meteors, but many will be overshadowed by light pollution.

Observers should look closely at any meteors they spot.

From Earth, Lyrid meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, for which the Lyrids are named.

"The best time for viewing and observing meteors is after midnight until dawn, while the best location is a dark location without light and environment pollutions", said a statement issued yesterday by Dr Mohammed Al Ansari and Dr Beshir Marzouk of the Qatar Calendar House.

For more information on the Lyrid meteor shower, visit the organization's website.

How can I see the Lyrid Meteor shower?

These "shooting stars" are also known as fireballs. Another is an over estimation of the number of meteors per hour.

However, on some occasions, objects the size of small rocks streak through the atmosphere leaving behind a streak of brilliance in their path.

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