One of the oldest meteor showers on record will peak this week and could send hundreds of meteors streaking across the sky in Colorado.
The 2022 Lyrids meteor shower is expected to peak Thursday night through Friday morning, with up to 18 meteors per hour. Stray meteors are likely to be detected in the days before and after the peak.
The Lyrids Meteor Shower is caused by debris from Comet Thatcher, which has a 415-year orbit around the sun. Chinese historical literature claims that the shower was first seen more than 2,500 years ago, and that the actual comet was not visible from Earth again until 2276.
This year’s Lyrid shower is extra special, because it marks the end of a meteor shower drought that began in January 2022, according to AccuWeather.com.
The best time to see the rain will be between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m., just before moonrise. If the night is clear, the shower will be visible without special equipment. Keep in mind that light pollution can block meteors, so metropolitan viewers may have a harder time seeing them. If you’re willing to take a road trip to stargaze, check out this OTC list of extraordinary places to stargaze in Colorado.
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