Lyrids Meteor Shower 2017
By Byron Moonsamy Follow | Public

The Lyrid is one of the oldest known meteor showers. It happens every year, between April 16 and April 25.

It's caused when Earth passes through debris from the comet Thatcher. As debris from the comet meets the Earth's atmosphere they vaporise, producing the colourful display.

Provided it's a clear night, you shouldn't need binoculars or telescopes. As long as you're away from light pollution from urban areas, the meteor shower should be visible to the naked eye. Those who live in urban areas should head to large open spaces.

This year the meteor shower reaches its peak on Saturday 22nd April, and the best time to see it will be after midnight and before dawn.

Wrap up warm, head outside, and spend at least 30 minutes getting used to the darkness. Look up and try to take in as much of the sky as possible - look towards the second brightest star in the sky, Vega, although meteors can appear randomly across the sky.

If you're lucky - and patient! - you could see up to 20 shooting stars an hour. In the past, up to 100 per hour have been seen.