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Eclipse? Meh. Catch a shooting star

As astronomy fans geek out over today's lunar eclipse that's not even visible from North America (except on the Internet), now is the time to step outside and catch a shooting star, part of the June Lyrids.

This video courtesy of astro-photographer John Chumack shows us what the shower looked like Tuesday night from Ohio. Peak activity occurs tonight, June 15, with a maximum rate of around 8 meteors per hour.

Although the full moon will make viewing a bit difficult, it is still a chance to step outside and stargaze. To see the meteors, look for the radiant near the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra.

The June Lyrids are the lesser of the two Lyrid showers. A better display occurs in April, which peaks with between 15 and 20 meteors per hour on April 22.


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