Lyrid meteors are at their peak this week over Colorado
One of the oldest recorded meteor showers reached its peak this week and could send hundreds of meteors into the sky in Colorado.
The 2022 Lyrid meteor shower is expected to reach its peak from Thursday night to Friday morning, with 18 meteors per hour expected. Wandering meteors are expected to reach the summit in the following days.
Thatcher’s comet cloud causes a meteor shower, which has an orbit of 415 years around the Sun. Historical Chinese literature claims that the shower first appeared more than 2,500 years ago, but the actual comet did not reappear from Earth until 2276.
According to AccuWeather.com, this year’s Lyrid Shower is extra special, as it marks the end of the meteor shower drought that began in January 2022.
The best time to take a bath is between 12 in the morning and 2 in the morning, before the moon rises. If the night is clear, the shower will be visible without special equipment. Keep in mind that light pollution can block meteors, making them difficult for metropolitan viewers to see. If you want to go on a road trip for stargazing, check out this OTC list of fantastic places to stargaz in Colorado.