You won't want to miss the Lyrid meteor shower tonight. You'll be able to see an average of 20 Lyrid meteors per hour. This year, the Lyrids will peak on the night between 21–22 Αpril.
Weather permitting, observing conditions will be perfect. There is a New Moon on April 22, which means that the sky will be dark with no hidrance whatsover from moonlight.
Named after constellation Lyra, the Lyrids are one of the oldest recorded meteor showers. According to some historical Chinese texts, the shower was seen over 2,500 years ago.
The fireballs in the meteor shower are created by debris from comet Thatcher, which takes about 415 years to orbit around the Sun. The comet is expected to be visible from Earth again in 2276.
Bits and pieces shed by this comet litter its orbit and bombard the Earth’s upper atmosphere at 110,000 miles per hour (177,000 km/h). No matter where you are on Earth, the best time to watch is between midnight and dawn.
Clear Skies Everyone!
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