How to Watch the Dazzling Lyrid Meteor Shower (Unless the Moon Gets in the Way)

Live Science | 4/22/2019 | Staff
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Springtime stargazers are in for a treat; the Lyrid meteor shower will peak in a dazzling show tonight and early Tuesday morning (April 22-23).

There's just one celestial object that might get in the way: the nearly full moon.

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The Lyrids, one of the oldest known meteor showers, peak every year during late April, according to NASA. The first people to make note of these streaks of light were the Chinese in 687 B.C., which means that skywatchers have known about the Lyrids for at least 2,700 years.

Why does this meteor shower happen annually? Basically, the comet known as C/1861 G1 Thatcher — named after A.E. Thatcher, who discovered it in 1861 — left behind space debris as it zoomed through space, NASA reported. This debris is mostly made of...
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