Saturday, December 9, 2023

Lyrid expected to put on show in season opener

The annual Lyrid shower kicks off the 2021 meteor season by peaking this week. With very little in the way of celestial spectator events since the Quadrantid meteor shower in early January, the Lyrids signal good times ahead for sky gazers. The Lyrids don’t produce a lot of meteors, perhaps 10 to 15 per hour, but are more likely to include bright, dramatic fireballs than other major showers, CNET reports. The source of the Lyrids is the debris cloud left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was last seen in the 19th century and won’t pass through the inner solar system again for more than two centuries. With the moon more than two-thirds full at the height of the Lyrids, you may want to sneak a peek at the peak before dawn and after the moon has set.

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