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Lyrids Meteor Shower | 2016

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meteor-orionid-278x225[1]The Lyrid meteor shower lasts from about April 16-25 and it peaks before dawn on April 22, 2016 (night of April 21) when about 10-20 meteors are expected per hour.

But, there’s a catch…

In 2016, the peak of this shower – which tends to come in a burst and usually lasts for less than a day – is expected to fall on the morning of April 22, though under the glaring light of the full moon. The greatest number of meteors usually fall during the few hours before dawn. In 2016, however, the timing couldn’t be much worse as the peak of the Lyrid shower comes at virtually the same hour as the April 2016 full moon. All in all … the Lyrid meteor shower prospects are about as unfavorable as they get in 2016.

If you’re game, give it a go anyway, as a bright Lyrid meteor or two just may overcome the moon-drenched night sky.

The Lyrids meteor shower is April’s “shooting stars” — meteors that tend to be bright and often leave trails. The Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour. Those rare outbursts are not easy to predict, but they’re one of the reasons the tantalizing Lyrids are worth checking out.

The radiant for this shower is in the constellation Lyra, which rises in the northeast at about 10 pm on April evenings.

Source: EarthSky

Links: Event details

Cost: FREE


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