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A meteor shower will light up skies around the world this week

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks this week on April 21/22

Ellie Walker-Arnott

While the majority of us are inside our homes, attempting to sleep, eat, work, exercise and stay sane, the natural world is continuing about its business unabated. Animals are venturing out into areas once dominated by human activity, and trees are laden down with their usual springtime blossom.

And while our movements may be restricted, that sure doesn’t apply to these meteors, which are whizzing around like they always do.

The Lyrid meteor shower, which appears every April, is poised to light up skies all over globe this week. The after-dark show kicked off on April 16 and will be visible until April 25. At its height, you’ll be able to see a shooting star stream across the sky every four minutes – given clear skies, of course.

The meteor shower is expected to peak this week, on the night of Tuesday April 21 into the very early morning of Wednesday April 22, so clear your diary for that (as if you had anything else going on). It coincides with a new moon, which makes it an especially good time for stargazing, as the nights are extra dark. You don’t need any special equipment to see the shooting stars: just get out into your garden/balcony/front step/fire escape and look up. 

Shooting stars are celestial debris which burn up as they hit the Earth’s atmosphere, turning into beautiful, sparkling flashes of light. It feels like there could be a metaphor for our times in there, but I’ve been sat indoors too long to be able to find it. 

Feeling spacey? For when this is all over, here are the best places for stargazing in the UKHong Kong’s best stargazing spots and ace places to stargaze in Singapore.  

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