Few clouds expected to disrupt Lyrid meteor shower views in parts of Asia
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|By Eric Leister, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist|
The peak of the annual Lyrid meteor shower is set to occur Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Coinciding with Earth Day on April 22, the event will feature roughly 20 meteors per hour during its peak.
“This event is the most significant meteor shower since January,” said AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel.
If you are unable to view the event due to the weather or other plans, both Friday night and Sunday night will still bring a high number of meteors per hour.
Viewing this weekend’s meteor shower will be easy for stargazers of all ages and will not require the use of binoculars or a telescope.
“The shower will be best viewed after midnight, when the radiant is highest in the sky. “ Samuhel said.
To maximize the number of meteors able to be seen, onlookers should head to a dark area where light pollution is minimal.
“The moon will set around midnight on the peak night, making viewing conditions much better during the overnight hours,” Samuhel said.
Once the moon sets, the darker skies will make it easier to spot some of the fainter meteors.
Of course, the weather will also play a key factor in viewing the meteors, as clouds can partially or fully obscure the night sky.
A large storm moving across China will produce plenty of clouds across much of the country, which will also stream into some neighboring countries.
The best viewing conditions are expected across Japan, Southeast Asia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.
These areas can expect little to no cloud cover and comfortable temperatures overnight.
Viewing conditions will worsen across South Korea and Japan on Sunday night as the storm from China moves eastward with plenty of clouds and the chance for rain.
Another storm will bring poor viewing at times to areas from eastern Turkey into Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan from Friday into Sunday night.