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Sky map of Lyrid meteor shower Sky map of Lyrid meteor shower Astrobob: http://astrobob.areavoices.com/2012/04/20/lyrid-meteor-shower-will-make-you-think-big/
Those of you in the northern hemisphere have a better chance of seeing the Lyrid meteor shower, which will be traveling about 111,000 miles per hour (49 kilometers per second) when these miniscule grains of comet dust strike the upper atmosphere of the Earth and disintegrate into observable streaks of bright light.
SpaceWeather.com states, “Experienced meteor watchers suggest the following viewing strategy: Dress warmly. Bring a reclining chair, or spread a thick blanket over a flat spot of ground. Lie down and look up somewhat toward the east. Meteors can appear in any part of the sky, although their trails will tend to point back toward the radiant--i.e., toward Vega.”
And, “Vega is a brilliant blue-white star about three times wider than our Sun and 25 light years away. You might have seen Vega in Carl Sagan's movie Contact. It was the source of alien radio transmissions to Earth.”
SpaceWeather also commented on two earlier observations, one that occured in 1982 and another one in 1803. The article states, "Sky watchers in 1982, for instance, counted 90 Lyrids per hour. An even more impressive outburst was documented in 1803 by a journalist in Richmond, Virginia, who wrote: 'Shooting stars. This electrical [sic] phenomenon was observed on Wednesday morning last at Richmond and its vicinity, in a manner that alarmed many, and astonished every person that beheld it. From one until three in the morning, those starry meteors seemed to fall from every point in the heavens, in such numbers as to resemble a shower of sky rockets....'"


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William Atkins completed educational degrees in science (bachelor’s in physics and mathematics) from Illinois State University (Normal, United States) and business (master’s in entrepreneurship and bachelor’s in industrial relations) from Western Illinois University