Surges Of Up To 100 Meteors Per Hour Will Light Up The New Mexico Skies During The 2020 Lyrid Meteor Shower This April
If you are looking for a reason to bask in New Mexico’s dark night skies, there is one astronomical event coming up that will shower you with sublime beauty.
Each April, the Lyrids are a meteor shower that creates a dazzling display as it sprays across the night sky.
The Lyrids are named after the nearby constellation it passes—Lyra, which is located next to the Hercules constellation—and just happen to be the oldest known shower in history.
The earliest sighting
dates back to 687 B.C.
when it was spotted and documented by Chinese astronomers. Those very astronomers poetically described the shower, stating that “at midnight, stars fell like rain.” Sounds lovely, doesn't it?
In mid-April, you'll spot various numbers of meteors flitting across the sky but for the best show, you'll want to stay up until the wee morning hours between April 22 and 23.
During that pre-dawn time, dozens of meteors will be visible. The best part of this? The moon will only appear to be a sliver that night, meaning you can revel in an incredible show in an almost moonless sky.
Occasionally, you'll be treated to fireballs racing across the sky.
They sound dramatic but are essentially just meteors that are significantly brighter and often leaving trails that are slow to fade.
For the best views, we recommend leaving the city and heading out into nature.
Are you planning to watch the Lyrids meteor shower this year?
If you prefer activities under the sun, then you just might appreciate the lovely views on the Soledad Canyon Loop Trail near Las Cruces. Read more in
The Soledad Canyon Loop Trail Is A Beautiful Hike In New Mexico That Leads To A Secret Waterfall.
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