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Lyrids:

see meteor showermeteor shower,
increase in the number of meteors observed in a particular part of the sky. The trails of the meteors of a meteor shower all appear to be traceable back to a single point in the sky, known as the radiant point, or radiant.
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Lyrids

(lÿ -ridz) (April Lyrids) A minor meteor shower, radiant: RA 272°, dec +32°, that maximizes on April 21. In the past it was much more active, the last great Lyrid shower occurring in 1803. Observations of Lyrids have been traced back 2500 years, Chinese observers describing a remarkable display in 15 bc. The associated meteoroid stream has the same orbit as comet Thatcher (1861 I). See also June Lyrids.

Lyrids

 

a meteor stream with the radiant in the constellation Lyra. The stream is observed about April 21 and is associated with comet 1861 I. Known for more than 2,500 years, it is sometimes observed in the form of abundant meteor showers. Since 1803 it has usually had few meteors, although in 1922 and 1958 significant short-term increases in the number of meteors were noted.

Lyrids

[′lī·rədz]
(astronomy)
An important meteor shower occurring about April 22; it is regular and predictable, but not heavy, the hourly rate usually being about 7-10.
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Despite not being numerous, the Lyrids are still known for being 'bright and fast meteors,' the Pagasa said.
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The Lyrids also has a habit of producing unexpected outbursts, when as many as 100 meteors per hour can be seen.
Despite the poetic history of the shower, however, the Lyrids can be something of a minor event, with just 18-20 meteors visible per hour at peak under good (dark, clear) conditions.
Every April, as the weather warms, the Lyrids meteor shower comes around promising the chance to see a wave of shooting stars.
Active from tonight through until next Saturday, the Lyrids reach a maximum peak of activity on Wednesday night, with up to 20 brilliant meteors being visible per hour.
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The April Lyrids is active from April 16-25 with maximum activity on April 22.
In its astronomical diary for April, Pagasa said the Lyrids have been observed for more than 2,600 years, and Chinese records show that "stars fell like rain" during the meteor shower of 687 BC.
April Lyrids--observed by Kos Coronaios on the morning of 21 April, seeing 4 Lyrids and 4 sporadics in 1.