The Lyrids are coming and you’re clueless about what to do or see? Don’t worry – so is everyone else! The Lyrids meteor shower can be a little overwhelming when you’re trying to plan your trip. There are so many variables that go into planning a weekend away, especially one that involves stargazing. Luckily there are a few things you can do to make it as stress-free as possible and still have a great time. If you’re unfamiliar with the Lyrids, they are a meteor shower that peaks around April 16th each year. It is caused by particles from comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. The shower is visible in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, although it will be less visible if you live in southern regions (like New Zealand). So how do you plan for this magical weekend? Here are 5 simple ways to make your trip perfect
Research the Showers History
The best way to plan your trip is by doing your research. Take a moment to figure out what types of activities you want to do, where you want to see the meteors, and try to figure out when it will be most optimal for stargazing. Once you have researched the history of the shower, it should be easy for you to plan your weekend.
Create a Plan
Once you have found out what activities you want to do and when they are happening, create a plan so that things go smoothly. Include everyone in your group and make sure everything is spelled out in detail so there aren’t any surprises on Saturday night.
Don’t forget about packing! If you can pack for this special weekend ahead of time, all the better! Pack clothes that will keep you warm during the night (even if it is cold outside), snacks and drinks, binoculars and telescopes, as well as some kind of power source or adapter (car charger, portable phone charger).
If you need something extra to help with planning your trip or help with making memories on Saturday night stay at a hotel nearby. There are many different options that are reasonably priced and conveniently located near local stargazing sites like Mount Rainier National Park or Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in Washington state.
Bring a Camping Chair
Did you know that the Lyrids meteor shower is visible in parts of the Northern Hemisphere? That’s right, so you can catch it outside as well! Plus, with a camping chair from your local camping store, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the show.
Plan Activities Before You Arrive
Make sure you plan all the activities you want to do before arriving on the scene. You can also let other people in your group know what you want to do so that everyone has familiar plans.
If it’s a group trip, try to come up with a list of things that everyone is good at doing and get them involved. This will make the trip a lot more fun than if someone has to spend the whole time driving, fishing, feeding animals, or whatever else they are good at.
Check the Weather Forecast Before You Go Outdoors
The weather forecast for this weekend is important because it will factor into how many meteors the Lyrids shower will create. If you’re planning on going outside, this is one thing you should do before you head out. Most meteor showers occur in the middle of the night when people are asleep and don’t have to worry about anything else. So if you’re not sure what to expect, check the forecast!
If it looks like there might be a chance of rain or clouds, it might be best to stay indoors and enjoy a comfortable evening at home.
Ask for Feedback from Your Friends and Family
One of the best things you can do is ask your friends and family for feedback on what they think would be a good trip. This will help guide your decision and make sure that you are on the same page with your plans. It’s also helpful to talk to people who have already gone to see the meteor shower before. They may know some insider tips that are perfect for you! The most important thing is to find out what activities will suit you, considering the time of year and where you live.
Stay Connected to the Internet and Take Notes
This is a big one – always plan ahead, and make sure you have internet access for this weekend. Make sure to keep tabs on the weather forecast because it can change on a dime. You should also be checking social media for updates about the Lyrids. If you’re not already taking notes, now is the time to start! Keep track of what you want to do, where you want to stay, and what activities you want to partake in (if any).
Planning ahead is key to ensuring you have the best experience possible while watching the Lyrid Meteor Showers. Here are five ways to ensure your trip is everything you hoped it would be.
Research the meteor showers history, bring a camping chair, plan activities before you arrive, check the weather forecast before you go out, and ask for feedback from your friends and family. The Lyrid Meteor Showers are an amazing sight to see, but even more amazing is making sure you have the best experience possible. Of course, this is just a few ways to go about it. Planning ahead is key to ensuring your trip is everything you hoped it would be.