2013 Lyrids Meteor Shower: When, Where and How to Watch Peak This Weekend [PHOTOS]

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April 19, 2013 11:05 AM EST

Viewers will experience an extraordinary spectacle this weekend as the 2013 Lyrids Meteor Shower peaks in the dark areas worldwide beginning Saturday night until early Monday morning. The meteor shower is anticipated to be a northern hemisphere display where the western half of North America will most probably have the best viewing opportunity.

Lyrids Meteor Shower is an annual event occurring every April as planet Earth passes through the dusty flakes of the broken comet called "Comet Thatcher." The Lyrids Meteor Shower began its sky display on Tuesday evening, April 16, and it will be visible until April 22.

Bill Cooke, a NASA meteor scientist, told SPACE.com through email that the Lyrids will peak on Saturday night, April 20, with 10 to 20 meteors visible per hour. The web site further reports that an outburst may possibly occur giving out a display of up to 100 meteors per hour.

According to AccuWeather, high visibility of the Lyrids meteor shower will occur in the pre-dawn hours of April 21 and April 22. "The Lyrid meteor shower will be best seen in the early morning hours of April 22. Moonlight will interfere with this year's display but away from city lights, you might see up to 20 meteors per hour," the Space Telescope Science Institute officials stated.

The excited sky watchers can enjoy the Lyrids meteor shower spectacle at the Creve Coeur Park or the Pattonville Observatory at 195 Fee Fee Rd., Maryland Heights. People can head to the observatory from 9.pm. until 11 p.m. for a public program that allows the viewing of a half moon, an early view of planets Jupiter and Saturn, the Sombrero Galaxy, M96, Double Stars and different constellations together with the 2013 Lyrid Meteor Shower. 

In order to enjoy watching the Lyrids meteor shower at its peak, here are some tips:

1.       Spectators must bring chairs and blankets to get comfortable.

2.       Bring a warm drink.

3.       Have a good pair of binoculars or telescopes for better viewing.

4.       Find a dark and cloudless spot. It should be far away from the bright city lights.

5.       Be patient.

The Lyrids meteor shower will diminish after the weekend peak but it will still continue until the next full moon on April 25.

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