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What are those strange lights in the sky?

Posted April 21, 2005

The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks on Friday, April 22nd, when Earth passes through a stream of dusty debris trailing Comet Thatcher. This is not an intense shower. Nevertheless, if you wake up an hour or so before dawn on Friday, and watch the sky, you might see a sprinkling of meteors emerge from the vicinity of the bright star Vega(towards the north). Expect one every 5 to 10 minutes or so. For more detailed information you can head to www.spaceweather.com.

Unfortunately for most of us the clouds from our frontal boundary will obsure the view, however viewers in the southern part of the state may have enough clear sky for a decent shot at seeing some meteors.
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