Lyrid meteor shower peaks with brilliant display

The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaked overnight, from Wednesday night until early Thursday morning.

The best window for viewing: between 11 p.m. Wednesday and sunrise Thursday.

According to NASA, the Lyrid meteor shower is rather tame, usually producing around 10 to 20 meteors per hour.  But it has been known to display an outburst of meteors for an even better show. 

The last time an outburst was recorded was  in the 1980s, according to NASA.

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The shower continues past Thursday morning and last through April 25. It is one of the oldest of known meteor showers, according to EarthSky.org. Records of it date back some 2,700 years.

The Lyrid meteor shower is caused by the Earth passing through debris from Comet Thatcher.

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