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A thousands-year-old meteor shower will peak in the night sky this week

A thousands-year-old meteor shower will peak in the night sky this week

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April has already been an exciting year for night sky watchers, with the full pink moon last weekend, several asteroid flybys, and the alignment of four planets throughout the month.

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Top that off with the Lyrid meteor shower, which first appeared over the Northern Hemisphere on April 14.

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The peak of the phenomenon—and your best chance to see it—is April 22, 2022.

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And while it makes for an exciting nocturnal activity, it also holds some scientific significance:

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Any meteorites that make it to Earth’s surface might hold valuable data on the history of the solar system.

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The Lyrids were written about in the year 687 BCE in the Zhou dynasty, making it the oldest reference to a meteor shower that’s continued into modern times.

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