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Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak in Maine this week!

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According to WMTW, the first meteor shower of the season is underway right now!

The annual Lyrid meteor shower actually started on Sunday evening, but is expected to peak in Maine Wednesday evening between 3 and 5 am, although the meteors should be visible all night pending clear conditions.

Due to the moon phase this year, the Mainers should have a much better opportunity to see the shower than they did in 2019 when the moon was brighter and hid a lot of hot debris.

The Lyrid meteor shower is an annual event as Earth’s orbit crosses the path of comet Thatcher. The meteor shower that we see is actually pieces of the comet that break and burn in the Earth’s atmosphere at over 110,000 miles per hour!

In the forecast, it looks like Wednesday evening with partly cloudy weather and about 25 degrees. So I say bundle up, go out and have fun!

We are all home schooled our children anyway, right? We have just become astronomy teachers!

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