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STARINA, SLOVAKIA  - APRIL 22: A Lyrid Meteor Shower captured on April 22, 2016 in Starina, Slovakia.

Lyrid shower occurs every April when the Earth passes through the moving dust and debris left behind by the comet Thatcher (also known as comet C/1861 G1), as this icy body travels around the sun on its 415-year orbit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY Robert Nemeti / Barcroft Media

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