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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published April 19 2012

Weather Talk: Lyrid meteor shower peaks Saturday night

Weather permitting, this weekend should be good for spotting meteors.

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks Saturday night. If the sky is clear, shooting stars should be visible at the rate of 10 to 20 each hour, possibly more. Some lucky viewers may even see very bright meteors known as fireballs.

Lyrid meteors are the remnants of the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher, a comet with an eccentric orbit that takes 415 years to complete. So no one alive today will see the comet.

However, each April, Earth passes through the trail of dust and pebbles left behind by the comet in 1861. Depending on the dustiness of the part of the trail Earth passes through this year (and the weather), the show could be a dud or it could be spectacular.


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