Lyrids meteor shower over Qatar sky Monday night

The Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak on the night of 22 April.

The next meteor shower of 2019 is the Eta Aquarids, which have been under way since April 19, and are expected to continue through about May 28, with a peak from the night of May 6 into the morning of May 7.

From midnight tonight, fast, bright meteors couldlight up the skies over Britain - providing the light of the moon doesn't get in the way too much.

NASA's Cooke told Space.com that the average Lyrid shower produces 15 to 20 meteors per hour.

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The Lyrids have been observed for more than 2,700 years, NASA said, making them one of the oldest known showers. The shower is actually already active, having started on April 16th but the peak nights are April 22nd and 23rd. This year, the meteor shower may hit about 20 per hour. Earthsky said that for example, in 1982, American observers saw an outburst of almost 100 Lyrid meteors per hour. This meteor shower is easier to see in the Northern Hemisphere because that part of the sky is high above the horizon before dawn, although you can see a lower rate from the Southern Hemisphere. The Lyrids are generated from the debris of Comet C/1861 G Thatcher.

Lyrids frequently leave glowing dust trains behind them as they streak through the Earth's atmosphere.

The Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors, though not as fast or as plentiful as the famous Perseids in August, Lyrids can surprise watchers with as many as 100 meteors seen per hour.

They need to look towards the eastern horizon of the sky from midnight on Monday until dawn Tuesday to observe the Lyrids meteor shower, he explained, adding that they could take nice photographs of the meteor shower with advanced digital cameras and should increase the exposure to get the best results.

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