Lyrid meteor shower 2018: When to see the shooting stars this weekend

A view of the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower from aboard the International Space Station

A view of the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower from aboard the International Space Station

One of the oldest and most reliable meteor showers will be in full view this weekend.

Bruce McClure of Earthsky.org said, "In 2018, the peak of this shower - which tends to come in a burst and usually lasts for less than a day - is expected to fall on the morning of April 22, with little or no interference from the waxing moon".

"To maximize the number of meteors able to be seen, onlookers should head to a dark area where light pollution is minimal", reads Accuweather's report.

"The Lyrid meteor shower will be the first significant meteor shower in a few months", AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel was quoted by the same site, noting that it will be the best display since January.

This weekend, we have the Lyrid Meteor Shower, which means the streaks will appear to us to emanate from the constellation Lyra. By Sunday morning, meteors could be showering at a rate of roughly 10-20 per hour.

They are called the Lyrids, because they seem to be located in the constellation Lyra near the star Vega.

The Lyrid meteor shower will be the highlight of the Cloud County Community College April star party scheduled for 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the Earl Bane Observatory.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, say Myrtle Beach will have mostly clear skies on Saturday night, with a low around 52. However, knowing the rising time of the radiant point helps you know when the shower is best in your sky.

The annual shower, which happens between April 16 and 25 each year, occurs when the Earth passes through the tail of a comet.

For those who can not manage time in April, the meteor shower will return in May. However, NASA urges concentrating on a location at the skies away from the constellation, because they will "appear longer and more spectacular from that perspective".

A simulation of the view to the east-northeast as seen from the heart of the British Isles at 12am local time on Sunday 22 April. If some viewers make it through the rest of the night or wake up really early, they could be lucky enough to spot Mercury above the eastern horizon.

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