You Can See 20 "Shooting Stars" an Hour Tonight

Posted by on Friday, April 21, 2017

Stargazers will have quite the treat tonight.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks tonight and tomorrow night.

Those looking skywards can observe using just their naked eye can expect to see up to 20 shooting stars an hour — an average of one every three minutes.

The Lyrid meteor shower are a meteor shower lasting from April 16 to April 26 each year. The radiant of the meteor shower is in the constellation Lyra, near this constellation's brightest star, Alpha Lyrae (proper name Vega). Their peak is typically around April 22 each year.

The Lyrids begin as tiny specks of dust that hit Earth’s atmosphere at 176,400 km/h, vaporizing from friction with the air and leaving behind the streaks of light we call meteors.

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