This weekend's Lyrid meteor shower will illuminate the night sky; find out when the display will occur.

Known for its bright meteors and occasional fireballs, the Lyrid meteor shower is one of the oldest recorded meteor showers, with observations dating back to 687 BC. 

This year, the shower promises to be a spectacular display, providing a perfect opportunity for night sky watchers to witness one of nature's most awe-inspiring events. 

The Lyrid meteor shower occurs each year in late April when Earth passes through the debris left by Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1).  

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As the comet's remnants enter Earth's atmosphere at high speeds, they burn up, creating streaks of light that can be seen from the ground.  

The Lyrids are named after the constellation Lyra, from which they appear to radiate, although meteors can be seen across the entire sky. 

Typically, observers can expect to see about 10-20 meteors per hour at the peak of the shower. 

This year's Lyrid meteor shower is expected to peak on the night of April 21 and the early hours of April 22.  

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