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How do we observe this weekend the Lyrid meteor shower, one of the oldest seen by humans?

This weekend we will be able to observe the Lyrids meteor shower, one of the oldest known to mankind, whose first recorded sighting dates back to 687 BC in China, according to information from NASA.

At the end of April every year, Earth passes through the debris path of Comet Thatcher and when asteroid particles and fragments hit our atmosphere they catch fire, producing this kind of streak of light in the sky.

According to NASA, their radiant, or point in the sky from which they appear and where they get their name, is in the constellation Lyra (Lyra, in English).

“The Lyrids appear to come from the neighborhood of one of the brightest stars in the night sky: Vega,” explains the US space agency. Vega is one of the easiest stars to find in the night sky, even in the most light polluted areas.

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The maximum vantage point from the Lyrids was reached during the night and early morning Friday through Saturday, but it will remain visible all weekend.

These lines of lights They can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere, preferably in clear skies and areas free of light pollution.

“This will be an excellent year for observing the Lyrids, as their peak activity will occur two days after the new moon,” NASA explained.

Although the number of Lyrids per hour may be low, at best times between 10 and 20 meteors per hour are expected, lower numbers compared to other years. Alternatively, bright fireballs can be produced.

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“Take a lounger or put a thick blanket on a flat spot on the ground. Lie back and look up. Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, although their trails tend to point to the constellation Lyra, from which they get their name,” NASA explained. The pre-dawn hours are best to observe because this is when Lyra is highest in the sky.


The rocket carrying the Orion space capsule lifted off on November 16 from the Kennedy Space Center, off the coast of Florida, after two failed launch attempts by NASA.

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The unmanned capsule has been in space for 25 days and 10 hours and has traveled 1.3 million miles.

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This is the first of three missions with which NASA hopes to return astronauts to our natural satellite after nearly 50 years of not doing so.

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Orion was only 80 miles from the lunar surface and took unprecedented pictures of the dark side of the moon.

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In the next few missions, the Orion capsule will descend to the lunar surface.

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The Orion capsule landed in the Pacific Ocean west of Baja California near Guadalupe Island.

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