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  LYRIDS METEOR SHOWER
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Peak on: Saturday 23rd April 2011 at 03h16 / Hourly rate: 18 / Direction: NNE Lyrids meteor streams are groups of meteoroids originating from dust grains ejected from Comet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher. These small dust grains (meteoroids) are distributed along the parent comet's orbit concentrated close to the comet nucleus with fewer grains farther away from the nucleus. Every time the Earth passes through this stream of dust particles (i.e. meteor stream), we experience what is known as a Lyrids meteor shower. These brief streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called "shooting stars", peak on Friday night the 22nd April 2011 when earth moves through the center of the dust trail left behind by the comet. How to view the Lyrids Go outside, find a dark spot and look NNE near the constelation of Lyra for the Lyrids radiant. The best time to view the Lyrids is from around 2h00 to dawn when they'll be in the north. They are fast and bright with some trains. You should be able to see 18 streaks an hour or more during the peak. The Lyrids meteor shower is active from the 16th Apr to 25th Apr with fewer activity either side of the peak time.

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