Stargazing: Lyrid meteor shower

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The Lyrids, the first major meteor shower of the year, will peak in the predawn hours overnight and Tuesday morning. Lyrid meteors can be seen any time after midnight when the constellation Lyra is well above the horizon. The best time to look, however, is from about 2 a.m. through dawn. At this point, the local sky will point directly into the meteoroid debris stream, and observers can view one or two shooting stars every few minutes. Even though Lyrid meteors tend to be bright, the appearance of the last quarter moon this year may somewhat subdue the shower’s early morning display.

The best way to view the meteor shower is to lie down on your favorite lawn chair and look up toward the north near the constellation of Lyra. The higher Lyra climbs into the sky, the more shooting stars you are likely to see. Meteors can appear in any part of the sky, although their trails will tend to point back toward the radiant near the constellation of Lyra.

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