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The Lyrid meteor shower peaks in the early-morning hours.

Started by Geoffw, April 22, 2021, 06:25:06 pm

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Geoffw

22 April. The Lyrid meteor shower peaks in the early-morning hours. This is the first significant meteor shower since the Quadrantids in early January. The Lyrids display some 15-20 meteors per hour in good conditions. The moon, just two days past first quarter, may get in the way of the faintest meteors this year.  The Lyrids trace their apparent paths back to a point between the constellations Hercules and Lyra, both of which rise in the east around midnight. They're visible all night, but you may have more luck after midnight as the Earth turns into the meteor stream. The Lyrids have made a regular appearance for at least 2,500 years, longer than any other meteor shower. They happen as Earth passes through a stream of debris left by Comet C/1861 G1 (Thatcher).
Geoff