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Astronomical event: The Lyrid meteor shower

  • 22 Apr 2018
  • 23 Apr 2018


The Lyrid meteor shower is usually active between April 16 and April 25 each year. This year it will peak, and be most visible, on April 22 after midnight and just before dawn on April 23.

The Lyrid is considered to be one of the oldest meteor showers known. It is named after the constellation Lyra.

It usually produces about 20 meteors per hour – these are made from dust particles left behind by the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861.

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