Lyrids meteor shower marks return of shooting stars — peaking with a spectacular show on Earth Day - CBS News
Apr 08, 2021 49 secs

One of the oldest known meteor showers will light up the night sky next week.

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks on the morning of Thursday, April 22, marking a spectacular start to Earth Day. .

The shower follows a months-long meteor drought, during which no showers occurred from January until April. .

The Lyrid meteor shower returns each year from about April 16 to 25, as particles shed from Comet 1861 G1 Thatcher.

Records of the Lyrids date back approximately 2,700 years, making it one of the oldest known meteor showers.

According to NASA, the first Lyrid meteor shower was recorded in China in 687 BC.

The Lyrids have been known to have outbursts of 100 meteors per hour, with heavier showers occurring in Greece in 1922, Japan in 1945 and the U.S.

The Lyrids meteor shower is expected to peak in the predawn hours of Thursday, April 22, continuing into the morning of April 23, according to EarthSky.

The Lyrids overlap with the eta Aquariid meteor shower, which lasts from April 19 to May 28


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