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April’s shooting stars!

A shot of the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower as it peaked in the skies over Earth.

The Lyrid meteor shower will dazzle the skies this weekend. This meteor shower—one of the oldest meteor showers known to man—occurs every April when the Earth crosses the orbital path of the Comet Thatcher. Tiny bits of ice and dust from this comet hit the Earth’s atmosphere, causing a streak of light across the sky—a meteor!

The Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour. Those rare outbursts are not easy to predict, but they’re one of the reasons the tantalizing Lyrids are worth checking out.

Catch the Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseids in 2015 by Matt Dieterich

This Thursday and Friday, August 11 and 12, is one of the best annual meteor showers you and your family or friends can watch: the Perseids. And some experts are even predicting that there might be a meteor “outburst” this year—where the number of shooting stars increases beyond the usual rates.

The Perseids Did Not Disappoint!

Fleet console operator Mary Anderson shares her photo and story:

“The Perseids are coming!” That’s enough to get any devoted night sky photographer headed to dark skies. In the San Diego area, my favorite spot is Borrego Springs, which is the International Dark-Sky Association's second Dark-Sky Community. (Flagstaff, AZ, is the first.)