Meteor shower to make Earth Day more special for Lucknow residents

Lucknow, are you in for a spectacle tonight?

Coronavirus outbreak and its fear has made life difficult for us all. While a strict lockdown has been enforced in India, trapping most of us inside our own homes, the situation seems to have lighten only in the slightest. One of the most gruelling aspects of the lockdown is the boredom that comes with it. However, Earth Day is here with a charming gift for the residents of Lucknow as a meteor shower is expected to light up the city's night sky.

The Lyrids meteor shower will be visible to Lucknow residents tonight from 9:30 PM and if like us you're sitting at home getting bored out of your mind, the shooting stars are sure to cheer you up!

What's happening?

We all like staring at the sky and all its infinite glory. Tonight however, Lucknowites have the opportunity to bask in the beauty of the night sky and let our imagination run wild, as the Lyrids meteor shower will be visible tonight.

The meteor shower will amp up the charm of Earth Day for all the astro buffs in Lucknow. The meteor shower will be visible between 9:30 PM to 4:30 AM, however the astronomers at Lucknow's Indira Gandhi Planetarium suggest that the best time to sight the shooting stars will be at 9:30 PM or between 4:00 - 4:30 AM.

The stars will be most easily visible at the aforementioned time, as the moon is expected to rise late on Wednesday. According to a report by TOI, Thursday is a new moon night and the moon will not be visible from the earth, so Wednesday is expected to be moonless as well. In such a scenario, the meteor shower will be nothing less than a spectacular show for the residents, who'll be able to see the shooting stars in the shiny best.

Although the level of pollution and weather of the city can also affect the sighting. If lucky, residents will be able to see 15 to 25 meteors in one hour during the Lyrids shower.

Knock Knock

Residents of Lucknow are in for a treat as the meteor shower brings us a breath of fresh air and allows us to appreciate the night sky with a different perspective. So if you're at home and bored with being trapped, plan a dinner under the stars.

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