Lyrid Meteor Showers


LYRID METEOR SHOWER:¬†Earth is approaching the debris field of ancient Comet Thatcher, source of the annual¬†Lyrid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on April 21-22; a nearly-new moon on those dates will provide perfect dark-sky conditions for meteor watching. Usually the shower is mild (10-20 meteors per hour) but unmapped filaments of dust in the comet’s tail sometimes trigger outbursts 10 times stronger. [video] [Lyrid chat]