Skywatchers will have the chance next week to see the first obvious meteor shower of the year as the Lyrids reach peak visibility.
The show will take place on the night of April 22 and early in the morning on April 23. 214 more words
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The annual Lyrid meteor shower is active each year from about April 16 to 25. The peak of this shower – which tends to come in a burst and usually lasts for less than a day – will fall on the morning of April 22 or 23, with the nod going to the later date.
EARTH DAY METEOR SHOWER: Earth is passing through a stream of debris from ancient Comet Thatcher, source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower.
Prof. Peter Brown of the Universiy of Western Ontario reports that “the Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar (CMOR) just finished processing orbital data from last night and the Lyrids are showing up quite nicely. 180 more words
Once a year, Earth experiences the Lyrid meteor shower as it passes through a region of cosmic debris left behind by a comet known as Comet Thatcher, which orbits the sun once every 415 years leaving behind fresh debris each time. 106 more words