Lyrid Meteor Shower continues with clear skies

Lyrid Meteor Shower continues with clear skies

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Lyrid Meteor Shower continues with clear skies

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by KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill

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Posted on April 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 5:08 PM

Peak viewing of the Lyrid Meteor Shower was expected to continue Monday night with clear skies in Portland.

Astronomers predict peak viewing April 21 and 22nd.  The shower is the result of the earth entering a stream of debris from ancient Comet Thatcher.  A typical viewing with good weather conditions will average 5 to 20 meteors per hour.  Some years can produce outbursts reaching 100 meteors per hour. 

NASA meteor webcast

The tail left by Comet Thatcher contains flakes of comet dust no bigger than grains of sand.  The comet dust strikes Earth's atmosphere at speeds of 110,000 mph and disintegrates as streaks of light.  Best viewing is to look straight up and slightly to the east.  Meteors can be seen in all directions.

KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill,

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