The Lyrid Meteor Shower ~ 16-25 April 2021

The Lyrid Meteor Shower ~ 16-25 April 2021

The Earth will pass through the peak of the Lyrid Meteor Shower just before dawn on Tuesday, 22 April 2021.

This is one of the oldest recorded meteor showers in our history, dating back approximately 2700 years. The Earth passes through the break up and trail of the Comet Thatcher. This Comet is incredibly slow, taking 415 years to orbit the Sun!

The meteors can be seen as shooting stars between 16-25 April, with it peaking (ie. the most meteors) on the 21st & 22nd. The Lyrids are usually quite bright and often leave trails.

If you look to the East or North East (depending on your location on the globe), toward the constellation Lyra and the bright star Vega (usually visible in the sky from 10pm onward), up and to the right of that is where you’ll most likely see the most shooting stars, but they can randomly appear anywhere in the sky with this particular shower. There are some great apps now such as Star Tracker or Night Sky that will show you exactly where to look, you only have to point your phone in the general direction (Photo Credit: Earthsky.org). 

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I’ll be curious to see what happens with this shower this year as there are, on average, 10-20 meteors per hour, but often this can surge to over 100 ~ its a shower that ebbs and flows so if you’d like to see it, give yourself a few hours to do so to experience the full effect. Sitting in the back garden with a cup of tea or glass of wine and watching the skies is lovely when it’s not too cold.

We may feel waves of energy during this time. Our emotions or energy levels may fluctuate throughout the period 16-25 April with the peak being felt 21-23 April 2021, particularly for those with an affinity or energetic connection to ‘the stars’. For those who don’t, it’s just cool to see meteors burn up as they hit our atmosphere. We were always taught to make a wish when we saw a ‘shooting star’.

For those who use crystals, this is a great time to pop any Moldavite or tektites on the windowsill or even better, outside in the garden on the earth or nestled in amongst some grass. This raises their energetic vibration and they seem to like it a lot 😉

The best viewing times in the US are in the pre-hours before dawn. For Europe, any time after 11pm.

Krissy xxx

(Photo Credit for main pic: Mike Lewinski / Flickr)

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