Sky Show Tonight: Lyrids Kick Off Meteor Season

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 21, 2004   View Article

Beginning late tonight and stretching into the predawn hours of Thursday morning, more than 20 meteors an hour will streak across the sky, bringing a burst of spring joy to meteor shower enthusiasts.

Known as the Lyrids, the shower appears to emanate from a point in the sky, or radiant, just west of the constellation Lyra, which contains the bright star Vega. (Lyra is found near the more familiar constellation Cygnus, also known as the Northern Cross.)

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