Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018: When To Watch In Florida
The spring and summer meteor shower season starts this month with the Lyrid meteor shower, which runs April 16-25, but peaks Sunday, April 22, but skywatchers may also see them on the days before and after the peak.
At its peak, the Lyrids will produce between 15 and 20 meteors an hour, and the best time to see the show is early in the morning before dawn on April 22. The moon will be out of the way and will have set before the Lyrids kick up, so, depending on weather conditions in Florida, this show should be a winner.
The Lyrids are known to be fickle and unpredictable, but typically produce about 15 and 20 meteors an hour, many with trails that last a few seconds and, occasionally, a few fireballs. In some years, the shower intensifies in what’s called an “outburst” and produce up to 100 shooting stars.
The last Lyrid outburst was in 1982, according to Earthsky.org, which said U.S. skywatchers were treated to a spectacular show that year.
And though the calendar might suggest we’re due for another one ‘ Lyrid outbursts might occur generally occur in 30-year intervals ‘ NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke predicts an average show this year.
- Publisher: Tampa, FL Patch
- Date: 2018-04-15T10:00:00-04:00
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