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| Astronomy Essentials | Space on Jan 10, 2014
The Lyrid meteor shower in late April is next!

In the first months of every year, there’s always a lull in meteor shower activity, with no major showers predicted between early January and the second half of April. Next up … the Lyrid meteor shower.

April 22, 2014 before dawn, the Lyrids
The Lyrid meteor shower – April’s shooting stars – lasts from about April 16 to 25. Lyrid meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails. About 10-20 meteors per hour can be expected at their peak. Plus, the Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour. Those rare outbursts are not easy to predict, but they’re one of the reasons the tantalizing Lyrids are worth checking out around their peak morning. The radiant for this shower is near the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra (chart here), which rises in the northeast at about 10 p.m. on April evenings. In 2014, the peak morning is April 22, but you might also see meteors before and after that date. There’s a last quarter moon in the sky during the Lyrid peak, which may somewhat subdue the number of Lyrid meteors in 2014.

Everything you need to know: Lyrid meteor shower

Click the links below to learn more about meteor showers in 2014.

January 3, 2014 Quadrantids

April 22, 2014 Lyrids

May 5, 2014 Eta Aquarids

July 29-30, 2014 Delta Aquarids

August 10-13, 2014 Perseids

October 7, 2014 Draconids

October 21, 2014 Orionids

November 4-5, 2014 South Taurids

November 11-12, 2014 North Taurids

November 17-18, 2014 Leonids

December 13-14, 2014 Geminids

A word about moonlight

Most important: a dark sky

Know your dates and times

Where to go to watch a meteor shower

What to bring with you

Are the predictions reliable?

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