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See a meteor shower
A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth's surface.


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The Lyrids are coming up soon:

April 22, 23 - Lyrids Meteor Shower. The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. The shower runs annually from April 16-25. It peaks this year on the night of the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd. These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. The waning gibbous moon will block out many of the fainter meteors this year, but if you are patient you should still be able to catch a few of the brightest ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
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Note added by Emily. 3 years ago
We took the kids on a middle of the night trip to darkest Northumberland to see the Perseids meteor shower. It was fantastic!
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Note added by Fiona Murphy. 5 years ago
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Note added by Fiona Murphy. 5 years ago
Went to Dark Sky Observatory in August to watch Perseid Meteor Shower, weather was awful and saw nothing. Watched from back garden on 26/08/14 and saw two meteors
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Note added by Seth Nelson. 6 years ago
Perseid 2013! Not a cloud in the sky. It was the perfect night to watch the shower. The shower itself wasn't particularly impressive, though there were a couple of impressive streaks.
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Lyrids - April 2011 in Irstead, Norfolk
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Note added by Crystal Keller. 9 years ago
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