NASA: Catch meteor shower in the sky Friday night


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The biggest free light show could be in the sky Friday night and into Saturday.

According to NASA, the first meteor shower since January should be visible in the sky Friday night as the Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak.

Up to 20 meteor “fireballs” an hour may be seen on the night of April 21 into the morning of April 22 in areas with a clear sky and low light pollution. Fireballs are meteors that become extremely bright as they burn up entering the Earth’s atmosphere and can light up the entire sky for a few brief seconds.

The best time to view the Lyrids will be after midnight as the meteors begins to climb high in the sky.

Friday night’s Lyrid meteor shower may be the best meteor shower for the Northern Hemisphere until the peak of the Orionid meteor shower in late October, according to Accuweather.com

While there are several meteor showers between April and October, the peaks of the showers that fall in this time all occur within a few days of the full moon. According to AccuWeather, the light from the nearly full moon makes it difficult to spot many of the dimmer meteors, reducing the number of meteors that onlookers can spot.

This is the second time in a week that viewers will be treated to an astronomical sky show. An asteroid and comment made a very close approach to the Earth Wednesday, NASA reported.

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