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Lyrids Meteor Shower | 2015

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Lyrids Meteor Shower | 2015The Lyrid meteor shower lasts from about April 16-25 and it peaks before dawn on April 23, 2015 (night of April 22) when about 10-20 meteors are expected per hour.

In 2015, the peak of this shower – which tends to come in a burst and usually lasts for less than a day – will fall on the mornings of April 22 or 23, with the nod going to the later date. The greatest number of meteors should fall during the few hours before dawn on either date. In 2015, a waxing crescent moon will set in the evening on the days around the Lyrids’ peak, leaving a dark sky for watching meteors.

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
Lyrids Meteor Shower | 2015

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