Published: Wed, April 24, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Lyrids meteor shower over Qatar sky Monday night

Lyrids meteor shower over Qatar sky Monday night

Basically, the comet known as C/1861 G1 Thatcher - named after A.E. Thatcher, who discovered it in 1861 - left behind space debris as it zoomed through space, NASA reported. The Lyrids will continue each night through April 26. Some of them have trails that glow for seconds after the meteor has disappeared. The meteors, also known as shooting stars, will radiate from a point in the constellation of Lyra, the Lyre. "The best chance to see some Lyrids this year will be on the morning of April 23, just before morning twilight begins". Every year when the Earth passes through the debris, it allows for the colorful bits to collide with its atmosphere, where they disintegrate, creating fiery and colorful streaks in the sky. The Lyrids can produce up to 18 meteors per hour, with occasional fireballs. This is the oldest recorded meteor shower, with records that describe it dating back more than 2,500 years to ancient China.

"Simply find a dark, open sky away from artificial lights", the USA space agency writes on its website.

Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

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Don't look directly at the radiant; meteors coming from farther away are more likely to have long, striking tails.

Lyrids is one of the important meteors showers seen from the Earth, with an average rate of 10-20 meteors per hour, according to experts.

The Lyrids begin as tiny specks of dust that hit Earth's atmosphere at 109,600 miles per hour, vaporizing from friction with the air and leaving behind the streaks of light we call meteors, Astronomy magazine reported. Still, some skywatchers might try their luck despite the brightly shining moon.

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