Lyrid meteor shower 2023: How and when to see shooting stars in London

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What Londoners can expect from the upcoming Lyrid meteor shower.

Londoners are set to see an array of meteors take over the capital’s skies later this month. The Lyrid meteor shower is expected to brighten up the night sky up and down the country, including London.

The Lyrid shower is set to be visible in the night skies across late April. While less built-up places may be able to get a clearer look at the meteor shower, city dwellers may still be able to see it.

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As both London locals and visitors flock to stargazing spots throughout the city, they will get a chance to watch the meteors within the Lyrid shower pass across the capital’s famous skyline.

We break down what Londoners can expect from the 2023 Lyrid meteor shower, including when it starts and when the peak is, as well as where they can head to get the best view.

Here’s everything you need to know if you’re planning to watch the Lyrid meteor shower in London this April.

2023 Lyrid Meteor shower - what Londoners can expect

Locals throughout the city can expect to see bright, fast meteors soar across the skies later this month. This year’s Lyrid meteor shower is set to begin on April 14 and is expected to end on April 30.

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The Lyrid shower will be at its peak around April 22 or 23. During this time, Londoners and spectators across the country will be able to see as many as 18 per hour.

As explained by Royal Museums Greenwich, the best time to see the Lyrid shower will be in the early morning of April 22/23 after midnight.

How to watch the 2023 Lyrid meteor shower in London

Those hoping to get a glimpse of the Lyrid meteor shower this week won’t have to worry about getting a telescope, as it will be visible by the naked eye. However, both weather and light pollution could end up obstructing the meteor spectacle.

While the capital is one of the most light-polluted spots in the country, it’s still possible to stargaze. City dwellers may be able to catch a glimpse if they head to a higher vantage point, such as a rooftop or even a local park.

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There are a number of spots throughout London in which locals and visitors may be able to see the shower. One of the most renowned spots is Morden Hall Park in South London.

According to the Met Office, Londoners should be cautious of cloudy skies too. The national weather service’s forecast for this Friday will see the capital’s skies cloudy across the day and into the night.

Despite the expected clouds, there may still be moments throughout Friday night in which the shower is visible.

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