Here's another great reason to head outdoors this week: the annual Lyrid meteor shower is already showing, and there might be 10 to 20 "shooting stars" per hour at the expected peak Saturday morning.
Astronomers do not expect an outburst of Lyrid meteors this year.
For more information on the Lyrid meteor shower, visit the organization's website.
The Lyrids shower occurs when the Earth slams into the dusty debris expelled by the ancient Comet Thatcher.
The light from the almost full moon makes it hard to spot numerous dimmer meteors, reducing the number of meteors that onlookers can spot.
How can I see the Lyrid Meteor shower?
These things are not precise - in some years a meteor shower may be predicted to be stunning, but disappoint, while in other years a meteor shower might over-perform.
If the sky is clear, get ready to watch and spend at least 30 minutes outside to adjust to the darkness. Hence, people simply need to look up at the open sky without having to focus on a single point.
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Fireballs are meteors that become extremely bright as they burn up entering the Earth's atmosphere and can light up the entire sky for a few brief seconds.
Meteors appear to radiate near the star Vega.
Viewers can tell if a meteor belongs to a particular shower by tracing back its path to see if it originates near a specific point in the sky, called the radiant.
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