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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Unbelievable: Lyrid meteor shower creates dazzling scenery in sky in China

The annual Lyrid meteor shower lit up the night sky over the Changbai Mountain in northeast China's Jilin Province over the weekend. The spectacle was recorded by star gazers with fast-motion cameras. The meteor shower reached its peak on April 22 and 23 this year. Round the midnight on Saturday, observers found dozens of meteors per hour visible in the sky. Meteor showers are caused when dust and other particles break off from an astronomical body and enter Earth's atmosphere on parallel courses. The Lyrid meteor shower occurs in late April, usually between 19 and 23 every year, when the Earth passes through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher.


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