This April pink moon, solar eclipse and meteor shower Astronomical phenomena will begin in the spring of 2021, and one of the most impressive events in the night sky this month will be Lyrids.
This is the first meteor shower of this season this year, and it can be observed from the northern hemisphere between April 16 and 25. Its biggest event will take place between April 21st and 22nd. But this year’s moon will make observations difficult, According to the Astronomy Department of the National Geographic Institute (IGN).
In fact, the peak of this meteor shower will be the day after the moon reaches its first quarter phase (that is, April 20)Make observation difficult during the first part of the night“, they added.
Lyrid’s average activity rate is 18 meteors per hour, which can reach a speed of 49 kilometers per second. This will last for a few days, and although they are not as active as other Gemini showers, it is true that in some years “the speed has increased to 100 meteors per hour.”
The Lyra meteor is a fragment belonging to comet C/1861 G1 (Thatcher), “Orbit the sun once every 415 years.” The earth usually passes through a dusty ring from this comet in April. When they come into contact with the atmosphere, “they burn through friction with the air” and produce a glow that we consider to be a meteor.
It is one of the oldest observable phenomena in the world, its history can be traced back to 687 BC, and It originated in Lyra. Experts point out that this point is called the radiant point and is “the direction in which the meteor shower appears to appear at its maximum.”
One of the main recommendations to be able to observe meteor showers in full is To a place where you can easily see the night sky. In addition, “It is best if there are no obstacles, such as buildings, trees or mountains.
It is not recommended to use binoculars and other instruments that will hinder vision, because Lyrids can be seen anywhere in the sky. However, as IGN stated, “If the moon observation is completed before sunset, it is convenient to look at the darkest area in the direction opposite to the position of the moon.”
Therefore, the ideal is to go A space away from light pollution, Put on warm clothes and lie down, waiting for our eyes to adjust to the darkness of the sky.