Keep Your Eyes to the Sky, Meteor Shower Expected April 21-22
I still remember the first time I saw a shooting star.
I was driving to the Fun 107 studio last year, and I was the only car on the highway (like most early mornings). I was still wiping the sleep out of my eyes when, dead ahead, I saw the most beautiful display of what looked like a trail of exploding stars.
To be honest, I thought my eyes were playing a trick on me until I saw one single star shoot across the sky shortly after. I felt so lucky to see one, and now you may be in luck as well because the Lyrid meteor shower is on its way.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, on April 22, the annual Lyrid meteor shower will light up the sky, adding it is “one of the oldest known meteor showers, the first recorded sighting of the Lyrids dates back to 687 BC in China.”
The Almanac claims the best viewing time for the Lyrids is tonight, April 21 into tomorrow, April 22, where it will peak in the predawn hours. On average, it will produce 10 meteors per hour, so hopefully, the skies are nice and clear so we can enjoy the spectacle.
Now, we're supposed to get some heavy rain here on the SouthCoast, but by the time the meteor shower hits peak viewing, some of those clouds are expected to clear away, so you may get a chance to spot some meteors.
I had no idea that there were reoccurring meteor showers. I thought they were just a space anomaly that we got to enjoy from afar, but it turns out that the dates of major meteor showers, like this one, do not change from year to year.
And don’t worry about where to find the meteors. The Almanac states that “during a meteor shower, meteors can appear at any location, not just near its radius”, aka origin.
April 22 is also Earth Day, and what a great way to celebrate Earth's simple pleasures than with a showing of stars. Don’t forget to make a wish.