Meteor Rains to Appear on Indonesian Sky Mid-April

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  • A meteor streaks across the sky near the Monument to the Revolution at Kozara during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower in Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

    A meteor streaks across the sky near the Monument to the Revolution at Kozara during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower in Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - April's night sky will host two meteor rains, Lyrid and Pi Puppid. The peak period of the two meteor showers is close together, namely on April 22-23, 2021.

    "Everything can be witnessed from within the Indonesian territory," Avivah Yamani, an astronomy enthusiast from the Langit Selatan community in Bandung, said on Wednesday, April 7.

    The Lyrid meteor showers comes from the tail dust of the Thatcher C/1861 G1 comet. It is an annual event that occurs between April 14 and 30. "It will reach its peak on April 22," Avivah said. Observers can direct their attention to where the meteor shower is coming, the constellation Lyra, at 22:07 West Indonesia Time.

    The community's web page said that the best time for watching the meteor shower starts at 02:00 a.m. as the moon sets. 

    As for the Pi Puppid meteor shower, it will happen from April 15 to 28. The peak time is on April 23, when some 18-40 meteors will appear per hour. The meteor rain will be visible from sundown until midnight, as the Puppis constellation sets.

    Anwar Siswadi (Contributor)