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Lyrid meteor shower peaks this week

Look to the sky predawn hours Friday for the Lyrid meteor shower
Lyrid meteor shower will peak and be most visible during the predawn hours April 22nd and 23rd
Lyrid meteor shower will peak and be most visible during the predawn hours April 22nd and 23rd(The Weather Company)
Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 11:50 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2021 at 11:30 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Flashes of light in the sky from the Lyrid meteor shower will streak through our skies in the predawn hours Friday. The Lyrids are typically active around the third week of April each year, and this year’s edition will peak during the predawn hours of the 23rd (Friday).

The Lyrid shower follows a several-month “drought” of meteor showers and will be worth a look, with an average rate of 10-20 per hour expected. The cloud-free skies should cooperate nicely for skywatching but plan to take a peek after the 75% illuminated waxing gibbous moon sets shortly before dawn (after 4 am).

Look to the northeast and of course, rural light-free locations are best! Dress warmly too, as temperatures will be in the chilly 30s just before sunrise each day.

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