How to see the Lyrid meteor shower

Each spring, sky-watchers get a chance to witness the Lyrids, one of the oldest known annual meteor showers.The sky show is considered to be one of the most reliable, making its appearance each April. Best views of the glowing streaks happen when the sky is dark and moonless. So always check for current moonrise and set times before heading out to look for the shower.The Lyrids are usually quite modest, with peak at rates of 15 to 20 meteors an hour. But this celestial event is also known to deliver bright and impressively fast streaks across Northern hemisphere skies, with surprise bursts of extra activity on rare occasions. Within the last century, the Lyrids produced meteor outbursts with rates clocked at over a hundred shooting stars an hour in 1922 and 1980. View Images

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