Is it true that we'll be able to see meteors tonight?

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by Jeff Renner

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Posted on April 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Is it true that we'll be able to see meteors tonight?

Perhaps. Clouds are clearing in many areas, and that bodes well for the Lyrid meteor shower. Those meteors are dust particles from the Comet Thatcher, dust particles colliding with the earth's atmosphere at speeds of 110,000 mph. Typically, about 10 to 15 meteors or meteorites are visible per hour. However, this year, we have a 'new' moon, which means dark skies...and conditions favorable for seeing more meteors. Incidentally, the peak of the Lyrid shower is actually Saturday evening/early Sunday morning. That's when I plan to look for some.

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