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The President's rant shows his concern about the former White House aide's allegations

On Monday, President Donald Trump sent seven -- yes, seven! -- tweets attacking his former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman over claims she made in her tell-all memoir that was formally released today.

CNN's Brooke Baldwin to Trump: Own up

CNN's Brooke Baldwin reads off a list of insults President Donald Trump has used to describe people since taking office and says that Trump continues to lower the bar on civility.

New tape shows Trump campaign aides discussing possibility he used racial slur

Aides to President Donald Trump questioned him during the 2016 campaign about the existence of an audio tape in which he purportedly said the N-word, a racial epithet, during production of his reality TV show "The Apprentice."

Trump campaign taking legal steps against Omarosa

President Donald Trump's campaign said Tuesday it has filed for arbitration, accusing Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former campaign aide and White House official, of breaching a 2016 nondisclosure agreement with the campaign.

Opinion: Trump calling Omarosa a 'dog' is sexist and racist, period

President Donald Trump on Tuesday referred to former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman as a "dog."

Mayor: Bridge collapse 'was not absolutely unexpected'

Startling images of bridge collapse

A violent storm in southern Italy has caused a viaduct to partially collapse, according to Italian state police. CNN's Nic Robertson is there

Before and after the Italy bridge collapse

A large section of a highway bridge in northern Italy collapsed during torrential rains Tuesday, causing a number of fatalities, authorities said.

Report details sexual abuse by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania

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Crash outside UK Parliament treated as terror incident, police say

There was a large police response outside the United Kingdom's Houses of Parliament Tuesday morning, after a man crashed a car into security barriers, London's Metropolitan Police said.

London car incident caught on video

Video captures the moment a car crashes into a security barrier outside the Houses of Parliament in London, in what police are treating as a terrorist incident.

Fort Myers' housing market is booming. So why are realtors scared?

A North Dakota city wants to buy AR-15 rifles for its school resource officers

Police in Bismarck, North Dakota, want to put AR-15 rifles in some schools so school resource officers can respond more quickly in the event of an active shooter.

Soon: Sanders takes questions from reporters after Trump responds to Omarosa's claims

Manafort trial: The defense rests (without presenting a case)

Woman known as 'Manhattan Madam' reveals what Mueller team asked

Kristin Davis, a former employee and close friend of Roger Stone, describes her grand jury testimony before special counsel Robert Mueller.

Analysis: Kasich's dilemma ties up Trump's GOP critics

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was among the big winners when Republican Troy Balderson apparently survived last week's special election for a US House seat centered on Columbus. Kasich was also among the biggest losers.

Stephen Miller's uncle on his hypocrisy

David Glosser, uncle to White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, defended an editorial excoriating his nephew and the administration's immigration policy Tuesday, telling CNN, "I felt it was incumbent upon me to raise my voice to let people know that this is a country of immigrants and our family were immigrants -- in fact, we were refugees."

Anderson Cooper: These are not normal times

CNN's Anderson Cooper questions how President Trump could slam Omarosa Manigault Newman when he praised her during his 2016 campaign.

Candidate admits to posting inaccurate diploma, apology on Facebook disappears

Lemon reveals 'secret to success' in Trump White House

CNN's Don Lemon comes to Sen. John McCain's defense after President Trump thanked multiple members of Congress, failing to mention McCain, while passing the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act.

Analysis: CNN's new poll has very little good news for Trump on Russia

The BIG headline out of CNN's new national poll probing how Americans feel about President Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller and the ongoing Russia investigation is that a large majority want Mueller to wrap things up before this November's midterm elections.

Meet the Indiana dad who hunts Russian trolls

When it comes to hobbies, Josh Russell concedes he gets a little obsessive. No matter his interest, be it videogames or miniature figurine board games, he always wants to be the best. Perhaps that explains the dedication he's shown to his latest pastime: Hunting Russian trolls.

Open-air urinals cause uproar in Paris

An attempt to tackle public urination by officials in Paris by installing open air urinals, or "uritrottoirs," has outraged some residents of the French capital.

NFL fans start GoFundMe page to cut QB bust

Bud Light to give away beer if this team wins 1 game

300-year-old cannon found

Divers have recovered a Spanish cannon from 1715 off of Florida's coast.

Uber makes big hire to try and earn back user trust

FBI warns banks about ATM hacking scheme

Tinder co-founders claim they're owed $2 billion

Pro motorcycle racer dies at 49

Women's rescue on a unicorn goes viral

How often do you see a unicorn, let alone a unicorn "rescue"? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

New 'dragon's breath' craze sends kid to hospital

A new candy craze involving liquid nitrogen has some parents worried. HLN's Melissa Knowles talks to Dr. Saju Mathew about the potential health risks.

Save on Arlington, TX hotels and Six Flags tickets

China's 'Tesla-fighter' plans to go public in New York

Most valuable car ever auctioned to go on sale later this month

South Korea is banning thousands of BMWs after engine fires

Tesla isn't on board with Musk's plan

Fans rally around 'The Queen of Soul' on news she's gravely ill

Many fans are giving Aretha Franklin her flowers now.

Aretha Franklin is in hospice care at home, source says

The "Queen of Soul" is in hospice care at her home, a source close to the singer told CNN's Don Lemon.

7 things you should know about Aretha Franklin

Musical icon Aretha Franklin is known for her powerhouse vocals, but here are a few other interesting facts about her personal life and career.

Parents break teen out of world-famous hospital

Alyssa Gilderhus' family begged for her to be sent to Mayo Clinic. They never thought they'd have to help her escape a few months later.

What a shot! 33 amazing sports photos

Take a look at 33 amazing sports photos from August 5 through August 12.

Melbourne finally loses world's most liveable city status

Melbourne has finally lost the title of world's most liveable city after a seven-year reign.

Internet mocks Rudy Giuliani's expressions

Rudy faces the press ... making so many funny faces. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

Look out Apple! Another company nears $1 trillion

Mueller interviews Trump? It can happen

The real reason we should care about Disney's 'gay' character

Disney recently announced that its first major openly gay character will appear in the film "Jungle Cruise." Jack Whitehall, best known for his role as J.P. in the British television series "Fresh Meat," has reportedly been cast as the gay brother of Emily Blunt's character.

How Trump is making it easy for Strzok

President Donald Trump is taking a victory lap, following the firing of embattled FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok. But Trump likely doesn't realize he's doing himself more harm than good, considering that each presidential tweet is cataloged as potential evidence in a future lawsuit.

The fast and furious judge in the Manafort trial

At the trial of Paul Manafort, taking place in the federal courtroom of Judge T.S. Ellis in Alexandria, Virginia, there is no doubt who holds center stage. Beginning with his accusation that Robert Mueller's team's true interest in Manafort is getting him to "sing" (or cooperate), and extending to his repeated criticisms of the prosecution's performance, Ellis's personality has arguably played as large a role in this trial as the photographs of an ostrich leather jacket and the admissions of Manafort's former protégé, Rick Gates.


Italy bridge: Dozens feared dead in Genoa as motorway collapses

A big section of motorway plunges to the ground in Genoa taking many vehicles with it.

Trump campaign takes legal action against ex-aide Omarosa

The Trump campaign says she broke a 2016 confidentiality agreement - as her tell-all book tour goes on.

Westminster car crash: Man arrested on suspicion of terror offences

Searches take place in Birmingham and Nottingham as a man is held after a crash outside Parliament.

Watch: Moment car crashes into Parliament

Rooftop camera captures moment car crashes into barrier outside Parliament.

Turkey lira: Ankara to boycott US electronic goods

President Erdogan responds after US sanctions put Turkey's weak currency into freefall.

Google tracks users who turn off location history

A study from Associated Press suggests that users are still tracked even if they turn off location history.

Sweden cars: 80 set on fire by gangs in several cities

Dozens of vehicles were set ablaze in multiple cities overnight, in an apparent coordinated action.

Chile care home fire: Ten women killed in dormitories

A fire in a care home for the elderly has killed 10 residents in the Chilean city of Chiguayante.

Manafort lawyers rest fraud case without calling witnesses

The ex-Trump campaign chairman will not testify in his defence at the tax and bank fraud trial.

Nebraska first in US to use opioid fentanyl in execution

The execution is the state's first-ever lethal injection and first execution in 21 years.

Spanish hospital evacuated amid oxygen fire

Some 160 patients were evacuated from La Candelaria Hospital in Tenerife after a fire broke out.

Head teacher jailed for doing student's exam

Benjamin Manirambona says he was doing the exam on behalf of a soldier who is serving in Somalia.

Being human: Big toe clung on longest to primate origins

Our big toe was one of the last parts of the foot to become human-like, as our early ancestors evolved to walk on two legs.

Parrot swears at London firefighter trying to rescue it from roof

Macaw parrot Jessie "kept swearing, much to our amusement", the London Fire Brigade says.

Paris baulks at 'horrible' eco-friendly public urinals

Residents react with dismay to the newly-installed, and fully exposed, eco-friendly urinals.

Vienna ranked as most liveable city in the world

It's the first time a European city has topped the rankings of the Economist Intelligence Unit survey.

Tonga PM challenges Pacific Island leaders to lose weight

Akilisi Pohiva says leaders of some of the most obese countries of the world should lead by example.

Omarosa: The secretly recorded audio tapes

The former Trump adviser has released what she says is a tape of a phone call from the US president.

Going plastic-free with kids

Reducing your dependence on plastics can be daunting, especially if you've got a young family.

Fukushima child statue: Residents complain about radiation suit

For angry Fukushima residents, the statue gives the impression of a city still contaminated.

Carrie Fisher: Calls for her to get a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

William Shatner joins Mark Hamill in calls for a posthumous star for the Princess Leia actress.

Uganda's food waste warrior aims to help farmers

Engineer Lawrence Okettayot has come up with a food dehydrator that could tackle the world's food waste crisis.

Genoa bridge collapse: What might be responsible?

Investigations are only beginning but experts have focused on the bridge's design and maintenance.

The dos and don'ts of the Situation Room

An insider’s guide to the Situation Room rules - and why violations of the security protocol matter.

'I took on my abusive boss and won'

Domestic workers are a key part of many South African homes, but many face abuse and extremely low wages.

'Grannies' on a mission to the US-Mexico border

The group travelled to the US-Mexico border to show their outrage against Trump immigration policies.

How electric vehicles are moving into the fast lane

From battery-powered trucks to Formula E racing cars, electric vehicles are going mainstream around the world.

Why Brexit is getting laughs at the Edinburgh Fringe

The Edinburgh festival known for its comedy is finding plenty of humour in the political hot potato.

How China's ire put global spotlight on Hong Kong activist Andy Chan

A lunchtime talk from local separatist Andy Chan has drawn Beijing's anger - and worldwide attention.

Cricketer Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray

The England cricketer shakes hands with co-accused Ryan Ali as they are cleared of all charges.

Fernando Alonso: McLaren's Spanish driver to retire from Formula 1 at end of season

Spanish two-time world champion Fernando Alonso announces he is to retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season.

Ben Stokes: England all-rounder added to Test squad after not-guilty verdict

Ben Stokes will be added to England's squad for the third Test against India after being found not guilty of affray.

Women's Champions League: Lucy Bronze scores 'wonderful' volley for Lyon against Manchester City

Lucy Bronze fires home a brilliant volley to give Lyon victory against former club Manchester City in the second leg of their Women's Champions League semi-final.

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

With frequent floods, sinking markets and engulfed homes, by 2050 parts of Jakarta will be underwater.

Charlottesville remembered: 'A battle for the soul of America'

Last summer the far-right descended on Charlottesville. We revisited that weekend with those involved.

How smallpox claimed its final victim

How did British medical worker Janet Parker become the world's last victim of smallpox?

The troubled 29-year-old helped to die by Dutch doctors

In January Aurelia Brouwers drank poison supplied by a doctor and lay down to die. She was 29.

Barcelona attack: The jihadists and the hunt for a second gang

The gang behind the August 2017 attacks had contact with other jihadists, including in France.


Erdogan says Turkey will boycott U.S. electronics, lira steadies

U.S. official warns of more actions against Turkey if pastor not freed

Italy rescuers search for survivors after motorway collapse kills dozens

Chile asks Vatican for info on sex abuse cases, steps up raids

Car hits pedestrians at UK parliament in suspected terrorist attack

Turkish court frees two Greek soldiers pending espionage trial: agency

Turkey hopes to find solution on Syria's Idlib with Russia

Italy's Autostrade to work with authorities over causes of bridge collapse

Nigeria's acting president orders overhaul of controversial police unit

Bosnian Serbs vote to overturn Srebrenica massacre report

Jewelry thief jailed again for failing to pay back proceeds of England's biggest heist

Greek PM welcomes release of soldiers by Turkey

Malta lets rescue ship dock after EU states agree to take migrants

Police searching three addresses after London incident

Driver who hit London pedestrians was British citizen: security minister

At least 20 dead, 16 injured in Italy bridge collapse: official

Lebanon's Hariri says government formation may take more time

Mali president claims election victory amid fraud accusations

From laboratory in far west, China's surveillance state spreads quietly

Ruble slump hits Russians' wallets, not their support for Putin


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Trump calls Omarosa Manigault Newman 'that dog' as she continues publicity tour - Washington Post

Italy Bridge Collapse Leaves at Least 20 Dead - New York Times

Manafort Lawyers Rest Without Calling Witnesses in Fraud Trial - New York Times

More than 300 accused priests listed in Pennsylvania report on Catholic Church sex abuse - Washington Post

Nebraska Carries Out 1st Execution Using Fentanyl In US - NPR

Red tide along Florida's Gulf Coast leads Gov. Scott to declare state of emergency - Fox News

Florida candidate admits she faked her college diploma - Washington Post

London Driver Held in Terrorism Inquiry After Hitting Barrier Near Parliament - New York Times

Paris installs completely exposed urinals near popular tourist spots - USA TODAY

Twitter responds to Massachusetts mayor boycotting Sam Adams beer because brewery's co-founder thanked Trump - Fox News


Local Fisherman And Tourist Killed In Kenya Hippo Attacks

Local Fisherman And Tourist Killed In Kenya Hippo AttacksA local fisherman and a Chinese tourist were killed in a single day by hippo

Meager Unite the Right 2 rally exposes limits of white supremacist movement

Meager Unite the Right 2 rally exposes limits of white supremacist movementThe Charlottesville anniversary event drew a handful of white supremacists, who were far outnumbered by counterprotesters.

Sixth First Responder Dies Fighting Northern California Wildfires

Sixth First Responder Dies Fighting Northern California WildfiresA sixth first responder has died battling this year's wildfires in California,

Parkland students bring the March for Our Lives summer tour to an end in Newtown

Parkland students bring the March for Our Lives summer tour to an end in NewtownThe organizers of the Road to Change tour have visited over 50 cities in an effort to register and mobilize voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections — and to build a coalition of youth in communities affected by gun violence.

The 10 Hikes Around the World Worth Traveling For

The 10 Hikes Around the World Worth Traveling For

Young Boy Found at a New Mexico Compound Died in a Ritual Ceremony, Prosecutors Say

Young Boy Found at a New Mexico Compound Died in a Ritual Ceremony, Prosecutors SayRelatives of the boy believed he would "return as Jesus" to guide their future attacks against financial and government targets, prosecutors alleged

Orca mother ends 'tour of grief' for her newborn after 17 days and 1,000 miles

Orca mother ends 'tour of grief' for her newborn after 17 days and 1,000 milesFor 17 days, a southern resident killer whale (SRKW) named J35, but better known as Tahlequah, carried her deceased baby for more than 1,000 miles. The orca's unusually long spell of grieving came to an end on Saturday, when Tahlequah was spotted in the Haro Strait off Victoria, British Columbia, chasing a school of salmon without her newborn. SEE ALSO: New dolphin-whale hybrid sea creature is the spawn of an unholy union "Her tour of grief is now over and her behavior is remarkably frisky," the Center for Whale Research (CWR) explained in a blog post online. August 11, 2018 J35 update: "The ordeal of J35 carrying her dead calf for at least seventeen days and 1,000 miles is now over, thank goodness." - Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Researchhttps://t.co/kQpA4WWbmg pic.twitter.com/cQIN13HgN6 — Whale Research (@CWROrcas) August 12, 2018 The CWR added that the baby's carcass has probably sunk to the bottom of the Salish Sea, meaning that researchers may not get a chance to examine it. On Jul. 24, Tahlequah's baby orca died shortly after birth, in what has been a common story for the southern resident killer whale population.  Over the last two decades, 75 percent of SRKW newborns failed to survive. The last successful birth was in 2015, when two calves were born. In the hours, then days after the death, Tahlequah was spotted trying to keep her baby's head above the water's surface, reluctant to leave the body behind. "That's not unprecedented, but it’s the longest one that I’ve personally witnessed," Ken Balcomb, CWR's founder and principal investigator, told The Washington Post. These orcas are facing a real threat of extinction, with no successful pregnancies in the last three years. At just 75 whales, the population is at its lowest in 30 years. The SRKW's decline is linked to the reduction in population of its primary food source, Chinook salmon. Canada's government announced in May it would cut the allowable catch of Chinook by up to 35 percent to help protect the orca. WATCH: This tiny robotic spider might one day perform surgeries inside your body

Government Agencies Coordinated To Arrest Migrants Seeking Legal Status, ACLU Says

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Iowa launches new website in search for missing student

Iowa launches new website in search for missing studentMONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — Investigators searching for a University of Iowa student who vanished last month are launching a new website to generate tips from potential witnesses.

They?re Running?!? The Rock And Elizabeth Warren Share The Love On Twitter

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Trump adviser Stephen Miller's uncle: My nephew is 'an immigration hypocrite'

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Pilot killed when small plane crashes in Sylmar near 405 Fwy

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Perseids meteor shower 2018: Everything you need to know about last night's peak

Perseids meteor shower 2018: Everything you need to know about last night's peakEvery year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. If the weather conditions are in our favour and the moon isn't too bright, there's a chance you'll be able to see some spectacular shooting stars in action. Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 – including the spectacular Perseids shower which was at its peak overnight – as well as where and how to see them. What exactly is a meteor shower? A meteor shower occurs when Earth passes through the debris stream occupying the orbit of a comet - or, in simpler terms, when a number of meteors flash across the sky from roughly the same point. Meteors are sometimes called shooting stars, although they actually have nothing to do with stars. Perseids meteor shower 2018 - in pictures Perspective makes meteor showers appear to emanate from a single point in the sky known as the shower radiant. A typical meteor results from a particle the size of a grain of sand vaporising in Earth’s atmosphere when it enters at 134,000mph. Something larger than a grape will produce a fireball and this is often accompanied by a persistent afterglow known as a meteor train. This is a column of ionised gas slowly fading from view as it loses energy. Meteor, meteorid or meteroite? Let's get this straight. A meteor is a meteoroid – or a particle broken off an asteroid or comet orbiting the Sun – that burns up as it enters the Earth's atmosphere creating the effect of a "shooting star". Meteoroids that reach the Earth's surface without disintegrating are called meteorites. Meteors are mostly pieces of comet dust and ice no larger than a grain of rice. Meteorites are principally rocks broken off asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and can weigh as much as 60 tonnes. They can be "stony", made up of minerals rich in silicon and oxygen, "iron", consisting mainly of iron and nickel, or "stony-iron", a combination of the two. The Geminids meteor shower in Vladivostok, Russia in December 2017 Credit: Yuri Smityuk Scientists think about 1,000 tons to more than 10,000 tons of material from meteors falls on Earth each day, but it's mostly dust-like grains, according to Nasa, and they pose no threat to Earth. There are only two incidents recorded where people reported being injured by a meteorite, including one in 1954 when a woman was bruised by a meteorite weighing eight pounds after it fell through her roof.  When is the next meteor shower? The meteor shower currently gracing our skies is the Perseids, which began in the middle of July and grows in intensity before peaking in mid-August every year.  The shower appears to originate from within the star constellation Perseus – hence the shower's name. It occurs when Earth passes through the debris stream occupying the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle. The wonderfully named comet is the largest object known to repeatedly pass Earth (it's 16 miles wide). It orbits the sun ever 133 years and each time it passes through the inner solar system it warms up, releasing fresh comet material into its orbital stream. The last time it was closest to the sun was in December 1992. It will be back again in July 2126.  Perseid meteor radiant When can I see the Perseid meteor shower? The window for the current Perseid meteor shower is from July 17 to August 24 2018. Stargazers stand a chance of seeing the shower at any point in this window, however the peak will occur between August 12 and August 13.  The best time to take a look at the sky will be from about 1am BST in the Northern Hemisphere until the onset of dawn twilight. Peak rates of 150-200 meteors per hour were recorded in 2016, but typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour streaking across the night sky, each leaving a trail.   To see it, look at a height approximately two-thirds up the sky in any direction. If you want a recommendation, east through south offers some great background constellations in the early hours during August. Look for the shower's "radiant" from the north-east corner of Perseus. 2018 | Major meteor showers The best stargazing spots in the UK A dark night is best for a meteor shower, after midnight and before dawn.  Head somewhere away from the bright lights - into more rural areas if you can - and be prepared to wait a good hour if you want the best chance of seeing a shower. Look for a wide, open viewing area - perhaps a national park or large field on the side of a road - and make sure you concentrate your gaze towards the east. Meteor showers are unpredictable though, so prepare for the fact you might not see much. Choose a dark location away from stray lights and give yourself at least 20 minutes in total darkness to properly dark adapt.  Britain has some wonderful stargazing locations, including three "Dark Sky Reserves" (Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and Exmoor national parks) and Europe's largest "Dark Sky Park" (Northumberland National Park and the adjoining Kielder Water and Forest Park). best stargazing locations Galloway Forest Park: Galloway is a couple of hours from Glasgow and an hour from Carlisle. The park's most popular spot for stargazing is Loch Trool. Exmoor and around: Exmoor was granted International Dark-Sky Reserve status by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2011. Light pollution is managed to make the area more appealing to amateur astronomers. Romney Marsh: Night once provided cover for smugglers known as Owlers, but today Romney Marsh offers celestial bounty, arching over a landscape adorned with the spires of ancient churches. Kielder: Kielder Forest is officially the darkest place in England – 250 square miles of wooded beauty where Northumberland brushes against Scotland. It has its own fabulous, modern, wood-clad observatory on the slopes of Black Fell above Kielder Water. North York Moors: As well as stunning night skies, the North York Moors boast historic market towns such as Helmsley and Pickering, plus appealing coastal spots, including Scarborough and Whitby. The other major meteor showers to look out for in 2018 The Quadrantid meteor shower The Quadrantids was the first major meteor shower of 2018; it peaked at around 8pm on January 3 when between 10 and 60 meteors were shooting per hour.  It had a sharp peak, which means the best of the shower only lasted a few hours - although it remained active until January 12th. First spotted in 1825 by the Italian astronomer Antonio Brucalassi, astronomers suspect the shower originates from the comet C/1490 Y1, which was first observed 500 years ago by Japanese, Chinese and Korean astronomers. Why is it called Quadrantid? The Quadrantids appear to radiate from the extinct constellation Quadrans Muralis, which is now part of the Boötes constellation and not far from the Big Dipper. Because of the constellation's position in the sky, the shower is often impossible to see in the Southern Hemisphere - however there is a chance of spotting it up to 51 degrees south latitude. The best spots to see the display are in countries with high northern latitudes, like Norway, Sweden, Canada and Finland. The Lyrid meteor shower The Lyrid meteor shower takes places annually between April 16 and April 25. In 2018, it peaked on the morning of April 22, with the greatest number of meteors falling during the few hours before dawn. With no moon, stargazers might have been able to see between 10 and 20 Lyrid meteors per hour at the shower's peak.  Lyrid meteors are typically as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper, but some are much more intense, even brighter than Venus, the brightest object in the night sky after the moon. Called "Lyrid fireballs", these cast shadows for a split second and leave behind smokey debris trails that linger for minutes. Tim Peake space pictures What causes the Lyrid meteor shower? The ionised gas in the meteors' trail burns up as it enters the Earth's atmosphere, creates the glow which can be seen streaking across the night sky.  The shower occurs as the Earth passes through the dust left over from Comet Thatcher (C/186 G1), which makes a full orbit of the sun once every 415 years (which is why there are no photographs of it). Flakes of comet dust, most no bigger than grains of sand, strike Earth's atmosphere traveling 49 km/s (110,000 mph) and disintegrate as streaks of light. Comet Thatcher last visited the inner solar system in 1861 - before the widespread use of photography  - and isn’t expected to return until the year 2276. How did the Lyrids get its name? The shower radiates out from the direction of the star Vega, the brightest light in the constellation Lyra the Harp, from which it takes its name. Vega is a brilliant blue-white star about three times wider than our Sun and 25 light years away. The Lyrids radiating from the vicinity of the blue star Lyra Credit: earthsky.org You might remember Vega being mentioned in Carl Sagan's movie Contact - it was the source of alien radio transmissions to Earth. When were the Lyrids first observed and recorded? The earliest sightings of the Lyrid meteor shower go back 2,700 years and are among the oldest of known meteor showers. In the year 687 BC the ancient Chinese observed the meteors and recorded them in the ancient Zuo Zhan chronicles saying:  "On the 4th month in the summer in the year of xīn-mǎo (of year 7 of King Zhuang of Lu), at night, (the sky is so bright that some) fixed stars become invisible (because of the meteor shower); at midnight, stars fell like rain. That era of Chinese history corresponds with what is now called the Spring and Autumn Period (about 771 to 476 BC). Tradition associates this period with the Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius, one of the first to espouse the principle: “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.”   American observers saw an outburst of nearly 100 Lyrid meteors per hour in 1982. Around 100 meteors per hour were seen in Greece in 1922 and from Japan in 1945. The Orionid meteor shower The Orionid meteors appear every year, with showers producing around 20 meteors every hour. The shower is active throughout October until November 7, but the best time to see it will be on October 20 between midnight and dawn, when the sky is darkest and the shower will be at its brightest. Tom Kerss, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich said:"If you can brave the cold, make a plan to stay out and enjoy the thrill of seeing tiny flecks of Halley's Comet disintegrate at hypersonic speeds above your head." He advises finding a secluded spot and allowing the eyes to adjust to the darkness. Orionid meteors streak across the sky over Kula town of Manisa, Turkey on October 21, 2017 Credit:  Anadolu Agency Mr Kerss said: "There's no advantage to using binoculars or a telescope, your eyes are the best tool available for spotting meteors, so relax and gaze up at the sky, and eventually your patience will be rewarded. "Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, though if you have to pick a direction, you might fare slightly better looking east." The meteoroids from Halley's Comet strike Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 148,000mph, (238,000kph) burning up in streaking flashes of light that can be seen with the naked eye. Orionid meteors are known for their speed and brilliance, so if you persevere there's a good chance you'll see several bright 'shooting stars' zipping across the sky. The Orionid Meteor Shower is one of two meteor showers created by debris from Halley's Comet - the other is the Eta Aquarids, which occurs in May. Unfortunately, Halley's Comet itself has not been visible from Earth since 1986. Why is it called Orionid? It's named Orionid because it appears to radiate from the constellation Orion. Orion is one of the brightest and best known constellations and contains two of the 10 brightest stars in the sky Rigel and Betelgeuse, as well as the famous Orion's Belt.  Orion's Belt is made up of three bright stars quite close together almost in a straight line, and is about 1,500 light years from us on Earth.  Orion has been known since ancient times and is also referred to as Hunter thanks to Greek mythology. He is often seen in star maps facing Taurus, the bull. The Geminid meteor shower The Geminids are an annual meteor shower caused by the 3200 Phaethon asteroid. Its orbit brings it very close to the sun, causing its surface material to crumble and break off. The Earth passes through this space debris every December, which burns up as hits our atmosphere. These are the meteors visible in our sky. The Geminids were first observed relatively recently, in 1862, compared with the Perseids (36AD) and the Leonids (902AD). The meteor shower appears to come from a point in the constellation Gemini, hence its name. The Geminids meteor shower over Egersheld Cape on Russky Island in the Sea of Japan in December 2017 Credit:  Yuri Smityuk When can it be seen? The next Geminid meteor shower can be seen from around December 4th to 17th, with peak activity from about 10pm on December 13th and into the early hours of the 14th.  Sightings are possible around the world, but there's good news for Britons: the shower favours observers in the Northern Hemisphere over those in the Southern. If you're lucky you could see up to 100 meteors or 'shooting stars' every hour. You can spot the meteors anywhere, but they will appear to come from the Gemini constellation. Stars in the Milky Way over Kielder Forest Credit: Owen Humphreys During December, it begins the evening in the east and moves across the sky to the west during the night. 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