Where to view the Lyrid Meteor Shower in San Diego

A Dazzling Meteor Shower Is Starting This Week, So Don't Miss It

As Earth passes through the river of rocky fragments left behind by the comet, some of the debris burns up in its atmosphere.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will be brilliantly lighting up the skies this weekend, with the dazzling display reaching its climax sometime around dawn on Saturday.

As Accuweather explains, the radiant point in the sky is an area from which the meteors are coming from during the shower. This year, the Lyrid meteor shower is scheduled to take place on April 22 and people in the Northern Hemisphere will be best placed to watch it; should the weather permit. As they streak through the skies, burning bright, these pieces of debris form what is known as the Lyrid meteor shower.

Vega will appear to rise from the northeast around 9 p.m. local daylight time, but by 4 a.m., it will have climbed to a point in the sky almost overhead.

It is said to be one of the most breathtaking showstoppers with up to 100 shooting stars every hour. According to the scientists, the Lyrid meteors are originated from the constellation Lyra the Harp which is situated near the bright star Vega.

Lyrid meteors - which are active from April 14 through April 30 - peak on April 22, according to NASA.

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The Lyrids aren't as spectacular as the Perseids, which return each August.

"In the early morning sky, a patient observer will see up to more than a dozen meteors per hour in this medium-strength shower, with 18 meteors per hour calculated for the peak", wrote Jane Houston Jones of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. "U.S. observers should see good rates on the nights before and after this peak".

The Lyrid meteor shower is one of the oldest known meteor showers. Lay back and get as much of the sky in your view as possible, and just wait.

The waxing moon should set before the meteors appear, making for ideal viewing - though meteor showers are notoriously fickle.

For maximum visibility, stay away, of course, from city lights or other light pollution that would prevent you from clearly distinguishing the phenomenon.

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