Meteor showers to be observed tomorrow

The night sky over the Burrup Peninsula

A monthslong pause in known meteor showers ends when the Lyrids begin to prick the night sky this week. If clear skies prevail Saturday morning, viewers could see 10 to 20 meteors per hour under dark, moonless skies, he said.

"Meteor showers are notorious for being fickle so you really never know for sure what's in store unless you watch", EarthSky notes. That's an average of one every three minutes, according to Astronomy magazine.

The Lyrids can occasionally produce as many as 100 meteors an hour, but an outburst like this is not expected this year.

"Friday night's Lyrid meteor shower may be the best meteor shower for the Northern Hemisphere until the peak of the Orionid meteor shower in late October", AccuWeather reports.

The Lyrids begin as tiny specks of dust that hit Earth's atmosphere at 109,600 miles per hour, vaporizing from friction with the air and leaving behind the streaks of light we call meteors, Astronomy magazine reported. Lyrids are so named because they appear to come from a point in the constellation Lyra. Unfortunately, that's about the same time skies over Western Washington are expected to start clouding up, said National Weather Service meteorologist Art Gaebel. The second meteor shower of the year will peak during Saturday's early morning hours. Lie down comfortably on a blanket or lawn chair, and look straight up.

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