Lyrid Meteor Shower 2020: When, Where & How To See

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About the Lyrid meteor shower

The annual Lyrid meteor shower is active from April 16 to 28 and produces its maximum activity around 22 April every year. The radiant of the shower (the area of the sky where meteors appear to shoot from) is located near the brightest star in the constellation Lyra and the fifth-brightest star in the night sky — Vega (Alpha Lyrae).

How and when to see the Lyrids in April 2020? 💫

This year the Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak before dawn on Wednesday, April 22 (around 18:00 UTC). No outburst is expected this time, but spectacular meteors are worth seeing. Several days before and after the shower’s peak are also good for watching meteors. All you need to know not to miss the Lyrids is the rise and set time of the radiant. With the stargazing app Star Walk 2, you can easily find Vega in the sky and determine the time of its rise, culmination and set for your location.

(Identity the Lyrid’s radiant — Vega — with the free stargazing app Star Walk 2 for iOS and Android. )

Watch Before Dawn 🏙

To see the greatest number of meteors, watch for the Lyrids before dawn. This meteor shower always reaches its maximum activity during the few hours before sunrise. The radiant of the Lyrid meteor shower — Vega — rises over the northeast horizon around 9 p.m. and reaches its highest point in the sky in the wee hours. Any meteor shower starts when its radiant appears above the horizon, and reaches its peak when the radiant is highest in the sky. Thus, you can start watching for meteors in the evening, but the best view will be before sunrise.

Who will see meteors? 💫

The Lyrid meteor shower is better observed in the Northern hemisphere, as Vega is high in the sky before dawn there. Viewers in the Southern hemisphere will see a smaller number of meteors due to the lower position of the shower’s radiant above the horizon.

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