The Lyrid meteor shower is the first to occur since January and many major European cities can expect an unobstructed view of the sky on Saturday night.
“Due to when this meteor shower is set to peak, it has been deemed to be best viewed on Friday night in the United States,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said.
“However, in Europe and Asia, the meteor shower will be better on Saturday night.”
With a crescent moon set to rise during the early morning hours, there will be little celestial light to interfere with the meteor shower. It will better to observe during the evening than later at night, according to Samuhel.
If possible, those wishing to witness the predicted 10-20 meteors per hour should view the event far from areas of potent light pollution, such as cities or active stadiums.
Residents and visitors in Norway, Denmark, France, Portugal, Italy and Greece can expect very few clouds to interrupt the overnight spectacle.
“The best viewing conditions will be from southern France into the Balkans with high pressure in control of the weather,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.
The meteor shower’s namesake stems from the fact that the streaks will seem to originate from the constellation Lyra.
As this constellation rises in the northeast during the evening, meteors will become brighter and more frequent.
“It would be best to face toward the northern half of the sky with the moon at your back,” according to the American Meteor Society.
“This will allow you to see the fainter Lyrids, which will be more numerous than the bright ones.“
As wet weather exits central France during the evening, some clouds will linger through the first half of the night.
“Those from northern France into Ukraine will face clouds and showers on Saturday evening,” said Rathbun.
As the sky clears overnight, Parisians can anticipate improving viewing conditions through the early morning hours.
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