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Lyrid Meteor Shower | 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 10:00 pm to 6:00 am | Cost: FREE
San Francisco Bay Area |


The annual Lyrid meteor shower lasts from about April 16 to 25. About 10 to 15 meteors per hour can be expected around the shower’s peak, in a dark sky.

In 2020, the peak viewing hours is expected to take place in the dark hours before dawn April 22, with no moon to ruin the show.

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.

In 1982, American observers did see an outburst of nearly 100 Lyrid meteors per hour. Around 100 meteors per hour were seen in Greece in 1922 and from Japan in 1945.

If you see a meteor, notice whether it leaves a persistent train – that is, an ionized gas trail that glows for a few seconds after the meteor has passed. About a quarter of Lyrid meteors do leave persistent trains.

Source: EarthSky

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