This week, the Lyrid meteor shower peaks before dawn Saturday morning.

Here’s another great reason to head outdoors this week: the annual Lyrid meteor shower is already showing, and there might be 10 to 20 “shooting stars” per hour at the expected peak Saturday morning.

The best news of all? You don’t need any fancy equipment to see the event for yourself, just clear skies and free time. And we certainly recommend that you get away from bright city lights.

The Lyrid meteors are made possible by leftover debris from an ancient Comet Thatcher.

In 1861, Thatcher made it’s most recent pass through our inner solar system.

Every year in April along earth’s orbit around the sun, the planet moves through a debris cloud of what amounts to small pieces or chunks of comet leftovers.

Those leftovers enter earth’s atmosphere at an incredibly fast 103,000 mph and burn up fairly quickly, resulting in the Lyrid meteor shower.

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