Lyrides: a shower of shooting stars visible in the sky in April

Published by Graziella de Sortiraparis · Published on December 29th, 2023 at 11:31 a.m.
From April 14 to 30, 2024, a shower of shooting stars will be visible in the French sky. These are the Lyrides, meteors that pass through our atmosphere every year. Look up to the sky and admire the show!

Every year, meteor showers pass through the Earth's atmosphere, allowing us to admire shooting stars in great numbers several times a year. And this April is full of celestial activity: from April 14 to April 30, 2024, the Lyrides illuminate France, although they are generally difficult to observe due to the gloomy weather. But if you're lucky and the weather's fine, you're in for a treat!

The peak of activity is on the night of April 22 to 23, when you'll see a shooting star every 4 minutes or so. Unfortunately, this year the Moon will be almost full, and its high luminosity is likely to make this meteor shower very difficult to see with the naked eye. Just in case, you'll need to look up towards the constellation Lyra, where the meteors originate, in a north/north-easterly direction. They come from comet C/1861 G1, discovered in 1861.

The next big event will take place in August, with the best-known phenomenon, the Perseids, which offer us the most beautiful spectacle of all, with almost a hundred shooting stars per hour! But before that, the Êta Aquarides will be visible at the beginning of May, with a slightly smaller swarm.

And don't forget to make a wish!

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From April 14th, 2024 to April 30th, 2024

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