Published On: Tue, Apr 21st, 2015 on 4:04 pm

No telescope needed: Lyrid meteor shower to light sky over Yorkshire

Stargazers will be able to enjoy the annual Lyrid meteor shower light up the Yorkshire sky in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Meteor Shower

Up to 20 meteors will be visible an hour when the meteor shower peaks.

And with clear sky forecast for the night there is a good chance of seeing a shooting star – especially as a crescent moon will make the meteor shower even easier to spot.

The annual shower occurs as the Earth passes through the dust left over from comet C/186 G1 Thatcher, which makes a full orbit of the sun once every 415 years.

The debris left in trails burns up as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere which creates the trail which can be seen streaking across the night sky.

The Lyrids meteor shower is active between 16 April and 25 April every year.

The peak is on 22 April, with the best time to watch it after midnight.

The shower will radiate from the direction of the star Vega, the brightest light in the constellation Lyra the Harp.

You do not need a telescope or binoculars to see the Lyrids and they can be seen with the naked eye.

It is advisable to see the meteor shower away from bright lights.

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