Round Out Earth Day 2019 with the Lyrid Meteor Shower

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Published on April 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:01s

Round Out Earth Day 2019 with the Lyrid Meteor Shower

Skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere get a treat this Earth Day: the Lyrid meteor shower, one of history’s oldest recorded showers with observations going back to 687 B.C.

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Round Out Earth Day 2019 with the Lyrid Meteor Shower

Round out your Earth Day celebrations…????

With the Lyrid meteor shower!????The peak will happen late night April 22 to early morning April 23????On average, you can expect to see 15-20 meteors an hour...????...as the dusty trail of Comet Thatcher rains over Earth’s atmosphere ????This year, the bright waning gibbous moon may make viewing difficult????but if we’re lucky, we may get an “outburst” of up to 100 per hour????...which happens when Earth passes through a larger clump of comet debris????(The last outburst was 1982, so fingers crossed)????The Lyrids are one of mankind’s oldest recorded meteor showers…????...with observations going all the way back to 687 B.C.??????

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