A stream of Lyrids is approaching the Earth, the first meteors of which will be available to people's eyes already tonight, and the peak of this astronomical phenomenon is expected on April 22 and 23. Information was shared by Nikolay Zheleznov, an employee of the Institute of Applied Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The specialist noted that the Lyrid stream is considered to be quite fast, and its meteors, observed in the sky, almost do not leave tails behind them, as is often the case with other known streams. Enjoy the starfall will be able to residents of all regions of the Russian Federation.
True, Zheleznov immediately warned: this year it is expected that the flow of Lyrida will not be particularly active, although history knows cases when it was very, very. This was last observed in 1982, when 100 meteors were recorded per hour. In 2019, they will most likely be no more than 20. However, meteor showers are very reluctant to predict, therefore, if this time suddenly “bangs,” it shouldn’t be surprising.
The head of the St. Petersburg Planetarium Observatory Maria Smirnova gave some advice on how and where to watch the Lyrid meteor shower. The most important thing is to try to go out of town, away from the night lights of high-rise buildings and noise. In addition, you need to choose an open area. And of course, one should go on the “hunt” after 23 hours, when it is completely dark outside.
In the summer of 1861, the comet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher, making one revolution around the Sun in 415 years, once again flying near our light, left behind a dusty trail. Now every April, the Earth passes through this train, and the inhabitants of the planet observe bright flashes in the sky during this period — a swarm of dust particles of a space object that “stayed” with us for a long time.