Lyrids meteor shower 2019: When are the Lyrids? When will the shower peak?
| Tom Fish
4/20/2019 5:51 AM EST
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Derived from the Greek word meteoros – meaning "high in the air" – meteors are bits of interplanetary debris that slam into Earth's upper atmosphere at speeds up 45 miles (70 km) per second.
And although some meteors look bright enough that it seems you can almost touch them, actually they occur very high up, at altitudes of 75 miles (120...
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