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Spectacular Lyrid Meteor Shower Will Peak Tonight And Coincide With New Moon

by : Emma Rosemurgey on : 21 Apr 2020 15:29
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If you’re in need of a little sparkle to brighten your day, then look no further than the sky tonight to witness the annual Lyrid meteor shower, which will coincide with a new moon.

The meteor shower, which takes place every year and shines brighter than your future, is set to reach its peak today, April 21, and tomorrow morning, with between 10 and 15 meteors appearing in the night sky.

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If you want to lay your eyes on the magnificent show, all you have to do is find a dark sky anywhere in the northern hemisphere, before taking a seat and looking up at the stars, ideally between midnight and dawn.

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The shower will be the first of its kind since early January, which means it will be relatively calm in comparison to others. However, stargazers still can’t get enough of the show because it’s the oldest recorded meteor shower in history, with the first sighting recorded from ancient China in 687 BC.

Last year, Lyrids took place at the very same time as a bright waning gibbous moon, which is almost a full moon.

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The Lyrids are made up of dust and rock that have been left behind by comet C/1861, otherwise known as Thatcher, while our planet travels through a cloud of debris left behind by the icy rock.

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Each year, the meteor shower is caused when the Earth intersects with Thatcher’s dusty tail. The showers create streaks in the sky that can be seen on Earth from miles away.

Incredible scenes.

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Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.

Topics: Science, Meteor Shower

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    The Lyrid meteor shower of 2020 peaks tonight!