The Lyrid meteor shower peaks this week after the ‘shooting star’ drought

Skywatchers will finally be able to enjoy the thrill of observing “shooting stars” again this week as the April Lyrids meteor shower arrives after a three-month-long meteor drought.

For those who enjoy watching the night sky for the sight of meteors, popularly referred to as “shooting” or “falling” stars, it has been rather quiet these last few months. There are many meteor showers that occur during the course of the year, but only ten are recognized as the ‘principal’ meteor displays. The last such shower to take place was the Quadrantid meteor shower on January 3. Since then, there have been no other notable meteor showers to look for.

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