Florida has some amazing places to view the night sky marvelously. These include Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Turner Beach, and Babcock Webb Wildlife Management Area.
You best get your night vision goggles, telescopes, and cameras out this April as the sky is going to be jam-packed with sparkling shooting stars. People in Florida especially are going to witness a real treat in the night as they can get a chance to glimpse the 2020 Lyrid meteor shower. The Sunshine State is one of the best places to see the Lyrids and it's also convenient to witness it away from any bright lights. That means you will have to take a quick road trip out of the city in the springtime to enjoy these spectacular lights that jolt across the sky.
According to the NY Times, this year's Lyrid meteor shower is speculated to take place on Thursday, April 16, through Saturday, April 25, with its peak on Wednesday, April 22. The best time to view these astronomical marvels is right before dawn on the 22 when the sky is at its darkest and clearest. The Lyrid meteors mark the second shooting star event of 2020 with the Quadrantids taking place back in January. If you didn't catch that one, don't miss out on this though, as the next one would be May's Eta Aquariids.
The Lyrid meteor showers are one of the oldest on record to be observed and calculated. Witnessing these twinkling meteoroids shooting across the night sky in a dazzling light show makes you a part of history. If you're lucky and on-time, you may be able to see many shooting stars in the sky. There has been mention of bursts of over 100 meteors within an hour during the Lyrids in the past, but these are not common occurrences.
So, in case you decide to take a shot at glimpsing these shooting stars, you might want to opt for a cloudless night during the shower's peak time. On a clear dark night, you can easily see these meteors even with your naked eye, but having a powerful camera or telescope will only make your experience all the better. Florida has some amazing places to view the night sky marvelously. These include Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Turner Beach, and Babcock Webb Wildlife Management Area. This is the perfect opportunity for you and your gang to take a nice mini trip outside the city to see the meteor shower. You can even turn it into a real camping experience with tents, blankets, food and more!
Surges Of Up To 100 Meteors Per Hour Will Light Up The Florida Skies During The 2020 Lyrid Meteor Shower This April https://t.co/kJ8mFRINJN— JP (@NewsMammoth) March 18, 2020
The Lyrids meteors, which are named after the constellation Lyra re considered to be one of the oldest meteor showers ever recorded in history. There are even a few documented historical Chinese texts which have mention of the Lyrids in them from over 2,500 years ago. The meteor shower is created by the debris from the comet Thatcher, which usually takes around 415 years to orbit the Sun. Unfortunately for Astro geeks and stargazers alike, the next time this comet is expected to be seen from Earth is in 2276, which likely none of us will be around for.