Date
22 September 2017
During the peak period of the Lyrids, one can observe up to 18 meteors per hour, according to the Hong Kong Observatory. Photo: Internet
During the peak period of the Lyrids, one can observe up to 18 meteors per hour, according to the Hong Kong Observatory. Photo: Internet

Lyrid meteor showers expected to peak on Saturday

The annual Lyrid meteor shower started on Sunday and the phenomenon could last until April 25, with its peak period expected to be around 8pm Saturday this week, the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) said.

Astronomy enthusiasts have a chance to spot up to 18 meteors per hour during the peak period, according to the Observatory.

The best time for observation would be from 10pm on Saturday until 5am the next morning.

However, the weather forecast for the coming week is mainly cloudy with rain showers, with possible chances of thunderstorms on Sunday.

The April Lyrids have been observed for the past 2,600 years, appearing around April 15 to April 28 each year.

The Lyrids have been named after the Lyra constellation because of its comet shower’s radiant.

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