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Jonesing for a meteor shower?

After a disappointing year for meteor showers in 2016 due to moonlight interference, the Lyrids are one of several showers which won't be affected by moonlight this year.

This should be an excellent year for viewing the Lyrids, according to AccuWeather, since the peak falls just a few days before the new moon, meaning light from the moon will not interfere much with viewing conditions.

Chinese records showed that "stars fell like rain" during the meteor shower of 687 B.C. However, in recent times, the Lyrids have generally been weak.

Meteor showers are named after the constellation coinciding with the area in the sky from which the meteors seem to emanate.

The meteor is formed by bits of debris left behind by the repeat passages through the inner solar system of comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1).

If you're up late tonight and into Saturday morning, you might as well look up and try to catch a glimpse of the annual Lyrid meteor shower, which is supposed to peak in the early morning hours of April 22.

The best viewing should occur between between 2 a.m. and dawn Saturday.

This is the second time in a week that viewers will be treated to an astronomical sky show.

AccuWeather notes that the best viewing conditions will come from the western Great Lakes where clear skies should produce "uninterrupted viewing conditions".


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