Fingers crossed for some clear skies over Cumbria in the upcoming weeks. If the clouds stay away, we are in for a treat as we come close to debris associated with the Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher (MY GOSH I AM SUCH A NERD). The Lyrids meteor shower will peak on the 22nd of this month but will be visible through the 29th. The particular meteors will be bright and fast, and some will have long tails.
If we do have some clouds covering our view of this spectacular meteor shower, we don’t have to wait long for the next one. The Eta Aquariid meteor shower is to take place this year from the 18th of April and due to peak between 12am and dawn on May, 6th. These meteors are associated with Halley’s comet and will be low in the sky so the later you can get out to view them the better. Up to 40 of these meteors will be flying through our skies per hour at its peak.
With these two showers overlapping, all we need is some clear skies *fingers crossed* to enjoy this natural light show. I swear I have seen 2 through my dormer window from my bed the last week.
Cumbria is full of wonderful places to lay out the picnic blanket and look to the skies. I for one am getting my wishes ready for all those shooting stars.