‘Fireballs’ Will Drop From The Sky In New York State This Week
One of the oldest meteor showers in the world is expected to create "spectacular fireballs" and "shooting stars" in the sky above New York State.
The Lyrids meteor shower is one of the oldest meteor showers in the world. They have been observed for 2,700 years with the first recorded sighting in China in 687 BC, according to NASA.
"The Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors," NASA states. "Lyrids can surprise watchers with as many as 100 meteors seen per hour. Generally, 10-20 Lyrid meteors can be seen per hour during their peak."
Lyrids Meteor Shower To Peak In New York State This Week
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Viewing Tips In New York State
NASA reports the Lyrids are best viewed during the nighttime hours, after moonset and before dawn.
NASA also offered the following viewing tips:
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"Find an area well away from city lights or street lights. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket, or lawn chair. Lie flat on your back with your feet facing east and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Be patient – the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse," NASA states.