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Ask the Astronomer

Q. Someone told me there is a meteor shower going on this month. Is there really one going on and if so, what can we expect to see?

A. Yes it’s true, the Lyrid meteor shower peaks typically around April 21-22. Don’t confuse this shower with the minor Lyrid meteor shower in June. Both are called Lyrids because they both have meteors which appear to come from Lyra, the Lyre (small harp). In a good year, from dark locations, up to 10 bluish meteors an hour can be seen overhead after midnight, but many years only around six meteors an hour can be seen. On rare occasions the shower may include an outburst, with a hundred or more faint shooting stars visible. This year the shower’s peak on the morning of April 22 should provide prime viewing in dark Arizona skies due to the lack of interference from the razor thin waning crescent moon, two days before new.

Citizen Online Archive, 2006-2009

This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

For all of the stories that were archived by the Tucson Citizen newspaper's library in a digital archive between 1993 and 2009, go to Morgue Part 2

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