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Great Lakes region prime spot to catch Lyrid meteor shower this weekend

21 Avril 2017

Up to 20 meteors an hour may be seen on the night of April 21 into the morning of April 22 in areas with a clear sky and low light pollution.

After a disappointing year for meteor showers in 2016 due to moonlight interference, the Lyrids are one of several showers which won't be affected by moonlight this year.

Chinese records showed that "stars fell like rain" during the meteor shower of 687 B.C. However, in recent times, the Lyrids have generally been weak.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower which returns every April will peak this weekend with a ideal light show over Vietnam.

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"These meteors usually lack persistent trains but can produce fireballs", the American Meteor Society said.

Cometary particles strewn along the orbit of long-period Comet C/1861 G1 (Thatcher) are the genesis of the Lyrid meteors.

The shower typically generates a dozen meteors per hour under optimal conditions, with a brief maximum that lasts for less than a day, PAGASA said.

As is typical of most meteor showers, fainter Lyrids are the most plentiful, so your chances of observing some are greatly improved if you can find a safe, rural location well away from artificial lights.

Great Lakes region prime spot to catch Lyrid meteor shower this weekend