April Lyrids Meteor Shower - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

April Lyrids Meteor Shower

The Lyrids meteor shower, sometimes referred to as the "April Lyrids" occurs each year from April 16th to the 25th. The showers occur near the constellation Lyra, which is in the eastern sky.

This meteor shower isn't as impressive as the larger Perseids meteor shower which occurs in late summer, but it can still create quite the show, especially on nights when the moon is not in the sky. The source of the meteor shower is from particles of dust from the long-period Comet "Thatcher." Thatcher comes around each year producing the shower.

Visibility can be an issue in heavily lit areas or densely populated regions. Light pollution, like for any meteor shower, will cause some problems for people trying to view it. So try to go to a dark area while viewing the show.

This meteor shower peaks between April 21-23, so those are the best times to catch some shooting stars. There's even a chance at seeing some brighter showers which can produce smokey debris known as fireballs.

Enjoy the show and I hope you see some April Lyrids!

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