Weather Tidbits: Lyrid Meteor Shower
The Lyrids are known to begin the meteor shower system dominating the night skies in April. The Lyrids are known to produce 10-15 meteors per hour; but at rare times throughout history they have outbursts producing up to 100 meteors per hour. The Lyrids originate from the constellation Lyra near the brillant star Vega; are caused by the debris of pieces from the Comet Thatcher, which orbits the sun every 415 years. The Lyrids are also known to be the oldest of meteor showers, with records dating back to 2700 years ago to 687 BC in China.