Lyrids meteor shower over Qatar sky Monday night


The meteor shower technically peaks overnight and before dawn Tuesday, but can be seen for a few more nights.

People in the Northern Hemisphere, including Qatar, have a good chance of seeing the Lyrids meteor shower as it will illuminate the sky from this evening until dawn Tuesday, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has said.

The moon was full Friday, so it will still be quite bright in the early morning hours over the weekend and during the peak. Earthsky said that for example, in 1982, American observers saw an outburst of almost 100 Lyrid meteors per hour. This is the oldest recorded meteor shower, with records that describe it dating back more than 2,500 years to ancient China. Still, some skywatchers might try their luck despite the brightly shining moon. Vega is one of the brightest stars in the night sky but NASA advises against concentrating too much on where the shower appears to come from, a spot known as its radiant. This year, the meteor shower may hit about 20 per hour.

The Lyrids are marked by fast and bright meteors, sometimes reaching rate of up to 100 per hour. No Lyrid outburst is predicted for 2019, but you never know. Basically, the comet known as C/1861 G1 Thatcher - named after A.E. Thatcher, who discovered it in 1861 - left behind space debris as it zoomed through space, NASA reported.

Lyrids frequently leave glowing dust trains behind them as they streak through the Earth's atmosphere.

The meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the bright star Vega, which rises in late evening and passes almost overhead shortly before dawn, the magazine said.