Lyrid meteor shower this weekend

Lyrid meteor shower this weekend

Lyrid meteor shower this weekend

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on April 20, 2013 at 3:43 PM

With clearing conditions in Western Washington Sunday night, we may have a chance to see the annual Lyrid meteor shower.

Astronomers predict peak viewing April 21 and 22. 

At its peak, the Lyrids meteor shower will bring bright streaks trailing across the sky around 10-20 meteors a minute, according to EarthSky. The Lyrids are one of the oldest known meteor showers and known for rare outbursts.

EarthSky says the Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour.

NASA says the best time to watch, no matter where you live, will be during the hours before dawn on Sunday between about 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. local time. Simply go outside and look up, generally toward the north. Sky watchers in rural areas should spot a shooting star every few minutes.

Viewing tips from EarthSky

Information from NASA

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