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Heads Up: April Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

posted: 04/22/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
Perseid Meteor Shower
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Top off your Earth Day with a picturesque gaze skyward: the April Lyrid meteor shower peaks this evening. Up to 20 meteors will be visible whizzing across the sky each hour.

"The Lyrids are really unpredictable," explains NASA's Bill Cooke. "For the 2015 shower, I'm expecting 15 to 20 Lyrid meteors an hour. Peak rates should occur after 10:30 p.m. on April 22 local time for observers in the northern hemisphere. For observers in the southern hemisphere, Lyrid rates are not significant until after midnight local time."

NASA will be live-streaming the shower for viewers whose vantage is obstructed by clouds or light pollution. Click here to watch NASA's live stream, which will begin at 11:00 p.m. EDT.

The Lyrid Meteor shower happens annually in April as the Earth's orbit intersects the debris stream from Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher.

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