Here are a few things you need to know about Lyrid̵
If you look up, you can see a meteor shower painting streaks of light across the night sky, starting today, April 25th.
Lyrid’s meteor shower occurs every year and is due to the movement of the Earth through the remnants of the tail of a comet named Thatcher, said Michael Narlock, head of astronomy at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
“Thatcher appears every 400 years or so, but essentially the solar system is littered with debris from comet tails,” Narlock said. “When this debris hits the Earth’s atmosphere, it burns and we see it as beautiful streaks in the night sky.”
The meteor shower is active from April 16 to 25, reaching a peak on April 22 in the pre-charge hours. The meteor shower will appear near the constellation Lyra, which is indicated by the bright star Vega.
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“What I usually suggest is to go out in a dark place as far away from the city lights as possible. Get camping gear like your Coleman grill, Coleman tents or something,” he said. “Lie down and look up. That’s the best advice.”
Another celestial event coming this month is the first supermoon of the year, also called the pink moon, which will occur on April 26.
Although beautifully referred to as the “pink moon,” Narlock said the moon would unfortunately not be pink.
“The moon changes color depending on how many things and particles there are in the atmosphere,” Narlock said. “That’s the same reason, essentially, why sunsets and sunrises are nice red.”
“Supermoon” is not an appropriate astronomical term, but it has become known that the Moon is closer in orbit to Earth, Narlock said.
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“If you have a picture of an ordinary moon and a picture of a supermoon and put them next to each other, you’ll notice a difference, a difference in both size and brightness,” Narlock said. “But since you won’t have this ability when people see the moon in the night sky, supermoon or not, most people won’t notice any difference.”
According to the Farmer’s Almanac website, the name “pink moon” comes from the spring flowering of some wild flowers such as creeping phlox, also called “pink moss”. The supermoon will most likely have a golden hue, and its peak lighting will take place late on April 26.
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