Lyrid meteor shower and Starlink satellite sightings leave stargazers in awe

The unique combination of the Lyrid Meteor Shower and Elon Musk's Starlight fleet saw amateur stargazers take to their gardens in lockdown in their droves

Lyrid meteor shower and Starlink satellite sightings leave stargazers in awe

 

 

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Stargazers from across the planet are taking to social media to precise their awe at the Lyrid atmospheric phenomenon and Elon Musk's visible radiation fleet. The shower - associate annual event from Apr 16-25 - is to peak tonight, manufacturing around twenty meteors per hour, and folks are sitting come in their gardens among duvets, potable and iPhones. At identical time, the have Musk has launched a series of satellites aimed to providing a world net service and between the 2 there is been masses to stay individuals looking the skies. Shona Moss, 42, aforesaid she associated her partner got their six-year-old son out of bed at the hours of darkness and "within ten seconds the foremost superb meteor I've ever seen player an arc across the sky". James Smith said: "Man, the Lyrid atmospheric phenomenon is spectacular and I’ve solely been trying ten minutes!!" whereas Martina said: "What a wizard sky tonight! There area unit many them!! "But still anticipating that lovely, bright one, the foremost lovely Meteor like I saw last night shooting straight higher than my head! Buckeye State please return on!" Another Twitter user said: "OMG it is so lovely." whereas Jamesh aforesaid at around twelve.20am: "Just noticed a tremendous meteor over Milton Keynes! Mesmerising." for a few it had been a less awesome expertise and additional tranquil. Phil Sloman said: "Saw one meteor whereas looking the skies. terribly peaceful expertise with the sound of chromatic Owls within the near woods for accompaniment. "Heading to bed currently." The Lyrids area unit one in every of the oldest identified meteor showers, having been ascertained for over a pair of,700 years. however with a lot of of the planet sweet-faced with uncertainty throughout coronavirus imprisonment, it appears to own taken on additional precedence this year - {and individuals|and other people|and folks} area unit appreciating the people around them the maximum amount what is going on on within the sky. Brian Hill tweeted: "Lovely hour in my back garden in capital of Northern Ireland with my married person looking the atmospheric phenomenon slightly below the starry plough." many of us got wind that due to less pollution, because of so much fewer individuals heading dead set work day by day for the last month, the sky appeared clearer. another to the meteors was the UFO-like lights conjointly athletics through the night sky, however these weren't a natural phenomenon: rather a constellation of thousands of satellites designed to produce affordable broadband net service. The £8 billion Starlink project has seen batches of satellites commenced the orbit sixty at a time, with a previous launch in late March and another tonight. they need been noticed all week within the Great Britain because of their low Earth orbit, making many confusion on Twitter between Starlink and also the atmospheric phenomenon. One user with the handle @elliecov expressed her delight at recognizing a 'meteor shower', solely to be left thwarted. "First time I’ve ever seen a atmospheric phenomenon and my inner kid feels consummated that I finally got would like upon a light," she tweeted. However, later once she completed what she'd truly seen, she said: "I’ve simply seen the atmospheric phenomenon was in reality Starlink satellites realigning and currently I’m unhappy." however others were additional affected by each development and also the probability to ascertain them along. Twitter user Pamela said: "Sitting within the garden with my sister with our duvets and a cup of potable looking the Starlink satellites and Lyrid atmospheric phenomenon. "Have seen 10/15 satellites to date in urban center, amazing. Love Pine Tree State some watching." whereas Scott Pottie wrote: "Me and my eleven year recent son watched them. He was thus excited." mythical being McNicholas said: "This evening's meteor recognizing was a whole failure - however I did get to observe resident hedgehog have a right sensible pootle concerning the garden in order that was sensible." et al reminisced concerning meteor showers from years glided by.

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