FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Lyrid Meteor Shower will light up skies starting next week.
The meteor shower will run from April 16 to the 30.
The peak of the meteors will occur during the evening of April 21 to the early morning on April 22.
The major meteor shower every April is the Lyrid meteor shower (Active: April 14-30th, 2021). But this year, a waxing gibbous moon will interfere with some of its meteors during the peak on April 22.
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About 10 to 15 meteors occur per hour, making it a medium strength shower, according to the American Meteor Society.
The meteors are most likely to include bright, dramatic fireballs than other major meteor showers.
The shower may be difficult to see on the night of the peak.
That's because the moon will be 68% full, illuminating the night's sky with some moonlight.
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The meteors will appear to emanate from the constellation Lyra.
However, the source of the meteors is actually a debris cloud that was left behind by a comet named C/1861 G1 Thatcher.
It will be more than another 250 years before the comet completes its rotation around the sun.
The next major meteor shower doesn't occur until the summer.