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Lyrids Meteor Shower | 2014

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Lyrids Meteor Shower | 2014The Lyrid meteor shower lasts from about April 16-25 and it peaks before dawn on April 22, 2014 when about 10-20 meteors are expected per hour.

In 2014, the peak morning is April 22, 2014 before dawn (before 6:25 am). There’s a last quarter moon in the sky during the Lyrid peak, which may somewhat subdue the number of Lyrid meteors in 2014.

You might see some Lyrid meteors on the night of April 22-23, too, especially since a thinner waning moon will be rising later on the morning of April 23, leaving more darkness for meteor watching.

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 | 2014

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