Lyrids 2020: What is a meteor shower? How to see the Lyrid shower tonight?

What is a meteor shower?

Meteors are small bits and pieces of space rock that crash into our atmosphere at high speeds, leaving behind bright trails of ionised gas.

When many of these space rocks slam into our atmosphere at once, astronomers refer to the event as a meteor shower.

The meteors are typically left behind in the wake of a crumbling comet racing around our Sun.

If our planet's orbit intersects the comet's trajectory, a meteor shower will peak every year at about the same time.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich in London said: "A good example is Halley’s Comet which orbits the Sun every 76 years and is the 'progenitor' of the Orionids.

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