When should you look up to spot the Lyrid meteor shower in the early hours?
If you see a shooting star in the night sky at night, it could be from the Lyrid meteor shower, which will peak before dawn.
Named after the Lyra constellation, the Lyrid meteor shower will end the “meteor drought” between January and mid-April when no meteor shower illuminates the sky.
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Australians can start scanning the sky after midnight but will have to wait until the dawn hours until April 29 foApril 29th chance to see the storm, according to the science and wildlife website EarthSky.
The shower is easier to spot if you can get somewhere with wide open spaces away from light.
And, of course, it’s best when the night sky is clear. The Bureau of Meteorology says we need clear skies in Brisbane, Sydney, and Perth until Sunday. Showers are expected in Melbourne by then.
But the brightest point in the southern hemisphere won’t be very high in the sky. Many meteors from this point will head north, below the south of the hemisphere horizon.
You might spot some extra special shooting stars around this time.
The storm will be most visible from the Northern Hemisphere.
The Lyrid meteor shower is known to be bright and fast, peaking at as many as 100 meteors per hour. Credit: Allexxandar/Getty Images
Viewers should also watch for fireballs or glowing dust trails left behind by meteors.
This shower will remain active until April 29.
April 29hould find an area away from the light pollution in the city and sit back to get as much of the night sky in view as possible.
Wait 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness so that meteors are easier to spot, NASA recommends.
A Lyrid meteor shower shooting star was observed from the Mingantu Observing Station of National Astronomical Observatories on April 192 and April 19 inner Mongolia. Credit: ZHANGGANG/Getty Images
According to NASA, the Lyrids have been observed for 2,700 years.
This rain tends to have bright and fast meteors and has peaked at as many as 100 meteors per hour.
However, the moon will be in a waning moon phase this year, meaning more than half of the moon will shine brightly. You’ll only see the brightest meteors in the early morning of April 22, April 22 to the American Meteor Society.
Lyrids are widely known to have unpredictable spikes, so be prepared for unexpected eruptions, according to EarthSky.
After the Lyrids, another ten meteor showers will peak in 2022. Here’s a list of the remaining showers to watch out for this year:
Eta Aquariids: May 4 to 5 May 4ern Delta Aquariids: July 29 to July 29a Capricorn: July 30 to July 30eids: August 11 august 11nids: October 20 October 20hern Taurians: November 4 November 4ern Taurians: November 11November 11ids: November 17November 17nids: December 13December 13en: December 21December 21r and solar eclipses
After the Lyrids, the sky show will continue on April 30, April a 30rtial eclipse occurs.
The event can be seen by people in southern South America, the southeastern Pacific Ocean, and the Antarctic Peninsula, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Another partial eclipse on Oct. 25 wilOctober 25sible to people in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northeast Africa, the Middle East, western Asia, India, and western China.
Partial eclipses occur when the moon passes before the sun but blocks only part of the light.
Wear proper eclipse glasses to view eclipses safely, as sunlight can harm the eye.
A total lunar eclipse will also be visible in Australia in 2022. It will be displayed to people in Australia, Asia, the Pacific, South America, and North America on November 8, November 801 a.m. ET and 8:58 a.m. ET.
Partial eclipses occur when the moon passes before the sun but blocks only part of the light. Credit: Getty Images
A lunar eclipse can only occur during a full moon when the sun, earth, and mEarthre aligned and the moon passes into the earth’s shadow.
The Earth castsEarthshadows on the moon during the solar eclipse. The penumbra is the partial outer shade, and the umbra is the full, dark shade.
When the full moon enters the shadow of the Earth, it wEartharken, but it will not disappear.
Sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere dramatically illuminates the moon, turning it red – which is why this event is often called a “blood moon.”
Depending on the weather conditions in your area, the moon may appear rusty, brick-colored, or blood-red.
This color variability occurs because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering. The red light will be the most dominant color emphasized as sunlight passes through our atmosphere and casts it on the moon.
People watch the “Super Flower Blood Moon” rise over the Pacific Ocean in 2021 at Bondi Beach in Sydney. There are eight more full moons this year. Credit: Anadolu Agency/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
There are eight more full moons in 2022, two of which qualify as supermoons. Here’s a list of the remaining moons this year, according to the Farmers’ Almanac:
May 16: FloMay 16on June 14: StJune 14y Moon July 13: BuJuly 13 August 11: August 11Moon September 1September 10oon October 9: October 9oon November 8:November 8on December 7:December 7