Lovers of the great beyond and the wonders of the sky can look forward to the news that three meteor showers will visibly grace the skies in April. The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) delivered the news of the April meteor showers and identified these showers as the April Lyrids, pi Puppids and the eta Aquariids.
Here are the dates and best times to catch glimpses of the epic sky show according to the SAAO:
April Lyrids: Visible from the 16 to the 25 of April, peaking in the early hours of 22 April. The best viewing times are between 2 am and 5 am when looking towards the Lyra constellation. 15 hours are expected to be the maximum rate for this shower.
The pi Puppids: Active from the 15 to 28 April, peaking on the night of the 23rd. This shower is best viewed between 7 pm and 11 pm when gazing toward the Puppis constellation. The maximum hourly rate for the pi Puppids is anticipated to be 5.
The eta Aquarids: Active from the 21 April to the 12 May. Between 3:30 am and 5:30 am will secure the best viewing times when looking toward the Aquarius constellation. This shower’s maximum hourly rate is predicted to be 55.
Happy sky gazing Cape Town!