Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Monday Night

GREENSBORO, NC -- The annual Lyrid Meteor Shower will peak in activity Monday night into the pre-dawn hours on Tuesday. While the Lyrid Meteor Shower is not one of the more active annual meteor showers spectators can still expect to see between 10-20 meteors within an hour time frame.

The Lyrid Meteor Shower gets its name from it's radiant point. The radiant point is the location in the night sky where the meteors appear to originate from. In the case of the Lyrid Meteor shower the radiant point is near the constellation Lyra.

Unfortunately, the forecast calls for some high clouds to pass over the Triad Monday night into early Tuesday morning. Nevertheless, Chief Meteorologist Grant Gilmore says that there could be periods of clearing that will allow for good viewing conditions. That being said, in addition to the possibility of high clouds over the Triad there will also be a fairly bright waning gibbous moon that will wash out the weaker meteors.

Even though the peak activity will be Monday night and Tuesday morning, some meteors will continue to be visible through April 25th.

If you are fortunate enough to witness the Lyrid Meteor shower let us know. You can tweet Chief Meteorologist Grant Gilmore (@grant_gilmore) or WFMY News 2 (@WFMY) to let us know what you saw.


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