- Category: Local News
- Written by Leanne Allison
The Lyrid meteor shower is expected to peak overnight tonight (April 21).
Every year the Lyrids pass by Earth in late April, to the delight of star gazers. They are said to be remnants of Comet Thatcher and according to NASA, have been recorded as far back as 687 B.C.
Some may have already spotted the meteors over the past few nights, as according to Larry McNish with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the Lyrids will be active from April 16 to 30 this year. However, tonight is supposed to be the best time to catch a glimpse.
The Observer’s Handbook of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada calls for the shower’s peak to be around midnight MST.
McNish recommends finding a safe place off a highway and not on private land east or northeast of Airdrie. Face the northeast and be patient as McNish estimates meteors to pass by once or twice every few minutes.
As for what Mother Nature has in store tonight, Environment Canada is predicting just a few clouds around midnight, with a temperature around 1C.
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