Where to view the Lyrid Meteor Shower in San Diego


The Lyrids are pieces of cosmic debris coming out from the Comet Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher and the NASA scientist have been observing it for more than 2,700 years. The peak of the shower, at a rate of around 10 to 20 meteors per hour, can be seen just before before dawn on April 22. The shower is also known for producing a few very bright meteors, known as fireballs.

They seem to appear in the constellation Lyra just to the lower right of the blueish/white star Vega. He added that the best night to view the Lyrids is Saturday, April 21, though some meteors will still be visible well into Sunday night.

Experts say the moon, which will be half full, shouldn't get in the way of your viewing.

If the Lyrids last traditionally from April 16th to 26th, it is this weekend that the spectacle they make will be the most visible, this date corresponding to the peak in the intensity of the meteor swarm.

The meteors will start to form across the brightest star at the constellation Lyra, that will be shaped like a harp. 10-20 meteors per hour are possible during that time. Once you find a dark location, give your eyes time to adjust to the dark, then face whichever part of the sky looks the most dark and the most clear - way from any clouds or moonlight.

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If you want to optimize your chances of seeing some Lyrid meteors, head out away from city lights, into a light pollution free area.

You might even be able to catch the Lyrids on Friday night or Sunday night, so it might be best to keep your eyes peeled all weekend.

The shower on May 22, 687BC was recorded in Zuo Zhuan, which describes the shower as 'On day xīn-mǎo of month 4 in the summer (of year 7 of King Zhuang of Lu), at night, fixed stars are invisible, at midnight, stars dropped down like rain'.

While hardly a rich display like the famous August Perseids or December Geminids, the April Lyrids are brilliant and appear to move fairly fast, appearing to streak through our atmosphere at 30 miles per second.

The comet, which takes 415 years to orbit the sun, isn't expected back until 2276, according to EarthSky.