Lyrid Meteor Shower
Earth is about to enter a stream of debris from Comet Thatcher, the source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Expect between 5 to 20 meteors per hour around the peak dates.
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The annual Lyrids are a medium strength shower that typically range from 5 to 20 meteors per hour around the peak dates. These meteors are best seen from the northern hemisphere where the radiant is high in the sky at dawn. Activity from this shower can be seen from the southern hemisphere, but at a lower rate.
Forecasters expect the shower to peak on April 22nd, with a display of 10 to 20 meteors per hour over the Northern hemisphere. Occasionally, Earth passes through a dense region of the comet's tail and rates surge five- to ten-fold. In 1982, for instance, observers were surprised by an outburst of 90 Lyrids per hour. Because Thatcher's tail has never been mapped in detail, the outbursts are unpredictable and could happen again at any time.
The best time to look, no matter where you live, is during the dark hours before dawn on the morning of April 22nd.
Last updated on: Saturday 27th May 2017