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Meteor season opens up for 2015, with the arrival of the first major meteor

showers of the year!

The Lyrid meteor shower is one of the oldest of the known showers and will

peak during the night of April 22nd, into the morning of the 23rd. The meteors

from this shower, come from an old comet….; known as Comet Thatcher.

The Lyrids are best seen from April 16-25th, with rates hovering at peak, of

about 20 meteors per hour!

The parent comet of this shower is, Comet C/1861 G1 (Thatcher).

To view the shower. look to the NE sky, after midnight and look to the area

of the bright star Vega, in Lyra.

The moon will not be a factor in this years shower, so dark skies will rule, as

long as you have clear skies.

Reports have come in of some rather bright fireballs, from this years Lyrids….

To learn more:

earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-lyrid-meteor-shower

www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/lyrids.html

www.universetoday.com/101602/the-curious-history-of-the-lyrid-meteor-shower/