DELPHOS — The annual Lyrid meteor shower has been on display since April 16 and will be visible until Thursday. Starting around 1 a.m. Monday, the Lyrid’s will be above the horizon, start its peak time and be visible until the sun rises when they will be right overhead.
The Lyrid meteor shower is among the oldest of known meteor showers, with records going back for some 2,700 years. Apparently, the ancient Chinese observed the Lyrid meteors “falling like rain” in the year 687 BC.
Every year, in the later part of April, our planet Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861 by Carl Wilhelm Baeker and the Orbit discovered by A.E. Thatcher for who the comet was named after. Comet Thatcher last visited the inner solar system in 1861 and is not expected to return until the year 2276.