KATHMANDU: Come Thursday night and sky enthusiasts can revel at the sight of the Lyrid meteor shower that will reach its peak in the wee hours of Friday.
According to Suresh Bhattarai, chairperson at the Nepal Astronomical Society, at least 15 to 20 meteors will be seen per hour and there will be excess of shower from 11:00 am on Thursday to till sunrise on Friday.
Bhattarai said the Lyrid meteor shower became active since April 16 and will continue till April 30.
The Lyrid meteor shower occurs when dust particles from the Thatcher comet come under friction as they enter the earth's atmosphere. The comet then leaves its dust particles while revolving arond the sun. The Thatcher comet takes 415 years to revolve around the Sun.
A version of this article appears in the print on April 22, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.