If you missed the pink moon on April 7, you can catch up with the meteor shower said to light up the night sky until April 26, 2020. If Lyrid meteors are shooting by the Earth every year around the same period, it’s quite rare to enjoy and discover this magnificent show nature gives us.
If this year, we can really enjoy this extraordinary show, it’s mainly thanks to the decrease of pollution in big cities because of confinement related to the coronavirus epidemic.
In Paris and elsewhere, you can enjoy this astral phenomenon until April 26, 2020 provided the sky is clear enough, but regarding the beautiful weather we’ve been having so far and likely to stick all week, we may have many chances to make a wish as soon as a shooting star appears in the sky about every 4 minutes.
To get the chance and discover with your own eyes this nature wonder, we recommend you start watching the milky way tonight. Indeed, in the night from Tuesday April 21 to Wednesday 22, 2020 Lyrid will peak in France. Indeed, the low light as the new moon rises will light the sky just perfectly so that we can see this meteor shower.
Astronomer and Palais de la Découverte planetarium head in Paris Sébastien Fontaine explains to our peers at France Info that "We enjoy a very favorable weather, there's less air traffic, the air is stable, pollution is decreasing (...) it's the most interesting at 5 a.m.-ish because the Lyre constellation will be the highest in the sky, in south-east". The occasion to discover Jupiter, Saturn and Mars at the same time.