If you missed parts of the Lyrid meteor shower light show on Sunday night, do not worry. The performance of the encore is expected to last from Monday night until dawn on Tuesday.
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The phenomenon occurs when the Earth pbades through the trail of dust left by comets, according to Space.com. The Lyrids seem to leave an area, called the radiant point, near the bright star called Vega.
The best time to see the meteors will be around 9 p.m. at 10 pm. According to EarthSky.org, the local time in the northern hemisphere before Vega, which is 25 light-years away, increases. It is expected that the shower peak will occur on Tuesday morning, with another timely viewing time frame between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. ET. However, the moonlight will wash the view a little more.
The best views will come from the northern hemisphere, according to Space.com. Up to 18 meteors per hour are expected, but the brightness of the full moon can make them less visible.
NASA recommends that stargazers go to a place as dark as possible and give their eyes up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness. The site also warns against the use of telescopes and binoculars, since the showers occupy the whole sky and the tools will only limit the spectator's reach.
The source of Lyrids, the comet Thatcher, orbits the Sun every 415 years, but the Earth goes through its path each year during the spring. The Lyrids meteor shower has been seen since 687 BC and is one of the first recorded, according to Space.com.
But, not only focus on the radiant point, because the meteors that come from farther away will produce longer and striking tails, Space.com reported.
Lyrid rains also tend to produce outbursts of up to 100 meteors per hour, but those outbursts are difficult to predict.