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Post by Dragon Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:34 am

The annual Lyrid meteor shower is active each year from about April 16 to 25.

In 2021, we expect the shower to pick up steam beginning late at night Monday, April 19, 2020, probably peaking in the predawn hours on Thursday, April 22.

No matter where you are on Earth, the best time to watch is between midnight and dawn.

Or this year, in 2021, the best viewing might come between moonset and dawn.

If you trace the paths of all the Lyrid meteors backward, they seem to radiate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the brilliant star Vega.

This is only a chance alignment, for these meteors burn up in the atmosphere about 60 miles (100 km) up. Meanwhile, Vega lies trillions of times farther away at 25 light-years.

Yet it’s from Vega’s constellation Lyra that the Lyrid meteor shower takes its name.


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