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    Lyrid meteor shower peaks this week: Here's how to watch


    A breathtaking cosmic light show, the Lyrid meteor shower, peaks this week, and even with social distancing you can be a part of this epic phenomenon.

    Meteor showers occur when debris from a comet's tail vaporizes in our atmosphere, visible from far below as glowing trails of heated atmospheric gas. The glowing trails seen during the Lyrids are fragments of the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. These streaming particles of space debris have been visible from Earth for more than 2,600 years, trailing behind the Thatcher comet as it orbits the sun.

    The shower usually appears between April 16 and April 25, according to NASA. This year, the peak of the Lyrids will streak the sky with light from tomorrow (April 21), beginning around 10 p.m. local time, until about 5 a.m. Wednesday (April 22), NASA says. Weather permitting, as many as 20 meteor streaks per hour may be visible during this window, according to the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
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