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Astronomy magazine podcast: Lyrid meteors

Senior Editor Michael Bakich gives you the details on April's meteor shower.
The 2007 Lyrid meteor shower
The Lyrid meteor shower peaks April 22. After midnight, as many as 20 meteors may be visible each hour from a dark site.
Astronomy: Roen Kelly
Lyrid meteor shower
Meteor intermission ends with the Lyrid meteor shower, which peaks April 22. After midnight, as many as 20 meteors may be visible each hour.
Astronomy: Roen Kelly
April 19, 2007
The annual Lyrid meteor shower reaches its highest activity April 22. Viewing prospects are good because the Moon sets before the best shower activity.

Streaking swiftly across the sky, motes of dust burn up as meteors. Although Earth constantly sweeps up interplanetary dust, our planet runs through a slightly denser trail this month.

In this week's show, Michael Bakich gives pointers on viewing the Lyrids.

After you listen, e-mail us here and let us know what you think.

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