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“One of the oldest known meteor showers will peak on April 21, 2021.”

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+ Departures Magazine: Here’s When You Can See the Lyrid Meteor Shower in 2021

This article by Kelly Vaughan originally appeared on MarthaStewart.com.

“One of the oldest known meteor showers will peak in the U.S. The Lyrid meteor shower, which is named after a constellation of shooting stars, will peak on the night of April 21, 2021, and the wee morning hours of April 22. Observations of the Lyrids date back to 687 B.C. The mesmerizing display of meteors is a result of Earth passing through the tail of the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. As our planet moves through the debris, space rocks burn up the Earth’s atmosphere, which causes spectacular showers to streak across the night sky.”

“The meteor shower will be best be viewed in the Northern Hemisphere on a clear night. The Lyrid meteor shower is not dull, but it’s certainly not the most luminous, especially compared to the Perseid meteor shower, which occurs in August of each year.” Read more

Posted by Steve on April 20, 2021 at 12:31 am | Permalink

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