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Lyrid Meteor Shower 2019: Can you still see the meteor shower tonight? Is the peak over?


The Lyrids, which peak each year towards the end of April, are one of the oldest meteor showers known to astronomers.


And through all of this time, the Lyrids have remained one of the most popular and dazzling meteor showers to graces the night skies.


Lyrids peak every single year towards the end of April, when Earth passes through the dusty trail of C/1861 G1 Thatcher.


On the night of the peak, the meteor shower’s radiant point near the star Vega in constellation Lyra is the highest in the sky.


Then, when the Earth passes through this dusty trail, the meteors burst into the atmosphere, proving bright streaks of light across the dark sky.


“Every year the Earth passes through these debris trails, which allows the bits to collide with our atmosphere where they disintegrate to create fiery and colourful streaks in the sky.”






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