Surges Of Up To 100 Meteors Per Hour Will Light Up The Oklahoma Skies During The 2020 Lyrid Meteor This April
Oklahoma has amazing nighttime skies for star gazing and there’s a celestial event in April you won’t want to miss. The Lyrids Meteor Shower is one of the oldest recorded meteor showers and one of the most spectacular, as fireballs light up the sky. Keep scrolling for more details and optimal viewing dates here in the Sooner State.
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The brightest star in the constellation is called Vega and will be among the brightest stars in the night sky. This will be a helpful point of reference when looking for the meteor shower in April. Have you seen the Lyrids Meteor Shower? If so, we would love to hear about your experience!
You would never know by the look of modern-day Ames, Oklahoma, that a meteor 1,000 feet in diameter hit the area thousands of years ago. The meteor created a crater over 8 miles wide, but it is not visible today because over 9,000 ft. of sediment covers up the hole. The meteor crater, also known as an astrobleme, was discovered during oil exploration in 1991 and was found to produce a significant amount of oil and natural gas. It is now the largest oil-producing crater in the U.S. Although the crater can’t be seen, a museum was built to educate people on what happened at this site. Read more about it here.