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Tonight it is possible to see peak of spring shooting stars


On Sunday night, on April 22, Ukrainians will be able to observe peak of a meteor shower of Lirida - will pour up to 20 meteors an hour. Annual spring shooting stars is a meteor shower of Lirida which inhabitants of Earth observe in April. In 2019 one of the most beautiful heavenly phenomena falls on the period from April 14 to April 30, and its peak will take place already on April 22 and 23. In the night of Sunday, April 21, on Monday, April 22, since 21:00, also residents of Ukraine will be able to observe intensive shooting stars. Lirida about 20 pieces hourly will pour approximately, "taking off" from the Lyra constellation. That to see them, to lay down legs to the North, the West or to the South better. Meteors will begin to fall from above from a point which is located in 60 degrees over the horizon. In total in 2019 there will be about 50 shooting stars, but not all such bright as a present flow of Lirida. What is a meteor shower of Lirida Bolshinstvo of shooting stars (meteor showers) is generated by comets. Rushing on the orbits, they pour out dust and small grains. This garbage flies in the atmosphere of Earth at huge speeds and lines the sky bright streams. The annual spring meteor shower of Lirida is characterized by quite fast meteors entering the terrestrial atmosphere with a speed about 49 km a second. A source of a stream is a large amount of dust and small fragments which are left by a comet of C/1861 of Thatcher during passing near the Sun. The comet of C/1861 G1 of Thatcher which in 1861 flew by near Earth fed a stream. In 2276 it will return and probably again will fill up a stream. Lirida - one of the oldest meteor showers observed by mankind. The first mention of it is dated 687 BC — when Chinese paid attention and wrote down that "stars fell as a rain". During that era spring shooting stars was much more intensively. Lirida's shooting stars in Ukraine Sometimes a meteor shower of Lirida gives surprises, for example, suddenly amplifies over certain areas of our planet. So, in 1922 on 2 thousand meteors an hour poured over Ukraine. Approximately one hundred meteors an hour observed in 1982 over the USA, and in 1985 - in the sky of the Ukrainian Crimea.

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