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The 2012 Lyrid meteor shower peaks overnight between late Saturday, April 21, and early Sunday, April 22. The meteors will appear to radiate outward from the constellation Lyra and the best time to see them will be between midnight and sunrise on Sunday morning.
The Lyrids occur each year in mid-April when the Earth passes through a stream of dust left over from the comet Thatcher, a long-period object that orbits the sun once every 415 years. Learn more about how to observe the Lyrid meteor shower of 2012 in this SPACE.com archive of meteor shower observing guides and recent Lyrid skywatching stories.
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The Lyrid meteor shower of 2012 peaks on April 21 and April 22. Learn how to see the Lyrids and how NASA plans to observe from Earth and space.