Lyrid meteor shower to peak next week: museum

04/20/2019 05:26 PM
Photo from Taipei Astronomical Museum
Photo from Taipei Astronomical Museum

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Stargazers in Taiwan will have a chance to view the Lyrid meteor shower when it reaches its peak in the early hours of April 23, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said on Saturday.

While there is likely to be interference from the moonlight, there is still a high probability of catching the shooting stars because the meteor shower is known for producing fireballs -- brighter-than-usual meteors -- that can even parallel the brightness of Venus and cast shadows, according to the museum.

The museum forecast that 14-23 meteors could flash through the sky per hour from a radiant in the northern sky and said observation conditions will remain ideal for the following two nights, weather permitting.

The meteor shower, which can be seen with the naked eye, gets its name because its radiant is located near Alpha Lyrae, the brightest star of the constellation Lyra.

The Department of Transportation in Taipei has announced that, depending on the weather, there could be traffic controls around the meteor shower's peak period near the Yangmingshan area, a hot spot for astronomy buffs.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)


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