Meteor Shower This Week


Caroline Breedon, Junior Editor-In-Chief

The Lyrid meteor shower will be present at the beginning of Sunday night and peaking Wednesday night. According to the American Meteor Shower, the best time to see the meteor shower is between the hours of 4 and 5 a.m. This is the time to see shooting stars or meteors that burn up in the atmosphere. If you want to see slower and longer meteors, before midnight would be the best. It’s difficult to estimate how many meteors will be visible each hour, but on Wednesday night, the peak of the shower, experts say about 10 will be visible per hour. For best viewing results find an open space with a wide view of the sky. Make sure to bring a chair or blanket so you look straight up. Give your eyes about 20-30 minutes to adjust to the dark-without looking at your phone-so the meteors are more visible. Nasa says this won’t happen for another couple of years.