Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it that SpaceX thingy?  No, it's a meteor shower visible in our Capital Regions skies.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower may have peaked on Tuesday morning, but it still may be visible throughout the Capital Region skies according to the Times Union website.

The Lyrids peak every year in late April and are visible through April 28th.  Scientifically speaking, the phenomenon occurs when the Earth passes through particle dust left behind by the Thatcher Comet.  According to the report, showers of shooting stars appear when Earth enters into the debris cloud. The bits of sand and small rocks burn up as they run into the atmosphere.

It is believed that the Lyrids are the first recorded meteor shower. According to the story, Chinese astronomers spotting these dancing lights in the sky more than 2,700 years ago.

As many as 18 meteors an hour may be visible during times.



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