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Lyrid meteor shower makes annual appearance tonight through Friday

Lyrid meteor shower makes annual appearance tonight through Friday
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POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 4:53pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 5:07pm

April 22–25 the Lyrid meteor shower makes its annual appearance in the night sky. The best time to see the show is from midnight to 4 a.m.

Robert Parish, assistant director of the Center for Earth and Space Science at Tyler Junior College told us what find in the sky.

"What you are looking for are big streaks in the night time sky." Parish said, "The Lyrid meteor shower usually peaks between 20 to 30 meteors per hour, so every 2 to three minutes you should see a meteor."

Just look toward the Northeastern sky. "The Lyrid meteor shower comes from the Lyra constellation, Lyra the harp. In fact if you're in the nighttime sky and you see a really bright white/blue star, that's Vega and all of the meteors will appear to come from that location.” Parish said, "Lyrid meteor shower is a great one to see, and it's kind of the first one this year that kicks off the meteor shower season."

The next meteor shower, ‘Perseid,' can be seen in early August.
 

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