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Lyrids meteor shower 2016

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The Lyrids are a strong meteor shower lasting from April 17 to April 26 each year. Their peak this year is around April 22 with a rate of 18 meteors per hour (sometimes the rate can reach 100 meteors per hour) and an average velocity of 49 km/s. The radiant of Lyrids is located close to Vega, the brightest star of the constellation Lyra. The source of the meteor shower is particles of dust shed by the long-period Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1).

Unfortunately, in 2016, the full moon almost exactly coincides with the peak of the Lyrids.