In April, there will be a spectacular meteor shower, and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to go outside and see it for yourself.
The Lyrids meteor shower, which occurs in April, is described by NASA as having meteors moving through the sky at a rapid 47 km per second.
Viewers might be able to see up to 18 meteors per hour during the shower, which is expected to occur between April 15 and April 29. Around April 21 and 22, the shower is expected to be at its most intense.
This year should present a fantastic opportunity to see meteors because, at its brightest, the moon will only be 6% lit, according to Space.com.
The stunning meteor shower will be visible across the Northern Hemisphere, but Alberta and British Columbia have a ton of incredible places to go and soak in the night sky if you want to see it for yourself.
The province’s black sky preserves, which are areas under protection from light pollution and include Elk Island National Park and Jasper National Park in Alberta, maybe some of the greatest locations.
But NASA also gave some suggestions for those eager to see the meteors, including getting out of places with a lot of city lights if you can’t make up to one of these spots.
It instructed people to “lie flat on their backs, feet facing east, and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.”
As your eyes adjust to the darkness, which takes around 30 minutes, you should be able to see the breathtaking meteors streaking across the sky.
There will be other rains between July and September 2023, so don’t worry if you miss out this time.