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Fireballs incoming: The Lyrids annual meteor shower peaks tonight

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The Lyrid Meteor Shower is usually active between April 16 and 25 every year. It tends to peak around April 22 or 23. This year it is set to peak on the night of April 21/22.

During its peak the shower is expected to produce around 20 meteors per hour throughout the night.

According to Time and Date, it is one of the oldest recorded meteor showers. It was named after constellation Lyra. They say that according to some historical Chinese texts, the shower was seen over 2,500 years ago.

The fireballs in the meteor shower are created by debris from comet Thatcher, which takes about 415 years to orbit around the Sun.

The comet is expected to be visible from Earth again in 2276.

 This year the Lyrids started their activity on Apr 14, 2024. 

The radiant of the meteor shower -Lyrid meteors radiate from near the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra.credit: uce McClure and Joni Hall – EarthSky.org
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