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Lyrids Meteor Shower Tonight in Philadelphia Skies, Partly Cloudy, Low 50's
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 04/22/17 11:36 pm | updated: 04/22/17 11:36 pm
 
The annual Lyrid meteor shower is expected to peak overnight tonight with the best viewing just before dawn on Sunday. However, here in Philadelphia the forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies as the rain gradually moves away. If it wasn't for the clouds, the sky would be perfect for viewing since the moon is in the Waning Crescent phase phase and the skies would be dark.

The Lyrid meteor occurs every mid-April as Earth passes through a stream of dust left over from the comet Thatcher. Normally you can see 10-20 meteors/hour, but sometimes burst up to 100. The radiant point is near the constellation Lyra which will be in the northeastern sky around midnight, but meteors can be see in all areas of the sky. The best place to see meteor showers in Philadelphia is as far from the city lights as you can get and a clear view of the sky. You'll also want a comfortable spot to recline or lie down and look up at the sky for a period of time.

 
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