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Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

21 Apr 2019, 13:48 UTC
Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight
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The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks the night of April 21-22. Although the best time to watch is the Monday morning before dawn, you’ll see some activity tonight around 10-11 p.m. when the radiant — the spot in the sky from which the meteors appear to radiate — rises in the northeastern sky alongside the star Vega. Stellarium
Ah, the Lyrids. First meteor shower of the year you can mellow back and watch in pleasant weather. The annual shower, spawned by dust left in the wake of Comet Thatcher, will peak on Monday morning (April 22) in the wee hours before dawn. Normally, we’d see about 15 meteors an hour streaming from just west of the brilliant star Vega in the constellation Lyra, but a bright moon just a few days past full will probably cut that number in half.
During its revolution around the sun, the Earth intersects the orbit of Comet Thatcher every year in late April. As our planet plows into bits of rock and dust sloughed off by the comet, the particles strike the atmosphere at 46 km/second (102,900 mph) and incandesce as meteors. Peter Jenniskens, visualization by Ian Webster
The Lyrids are considered a minor ...

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