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Lyrids meteor shower to hit its peak Saturday morning


The Lyrid meteor shower can be viewed from all over the world.

Keen stargazers are in for a treat this weekend as the Lyrid meteor shower peaks in the night sky. Experts over at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said people should look east toward a summer triangle of stars to catch the shower. NASA forecasts that the peak rate of the Lyrids will be 18 meteors per hour in 2017.

The Lyrids can occasionally produce as many as 100 meteors an hour, but an outburst like this is not expected this year.

According to EarthSky, the Lyrid meteor showers is usually active from April 16 to 25, with viewers likely to see its meteors anytime during the active period.

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There will be a few passing clouds in the Upstate, while the mountains will see more in the way of cloud cover and scattered storms before midnight. An asteroid and comment made a very close approach to the Earth Wednesday, NASA reported.

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When that happens, these meteoroids plunge into the atmosphere, travelling at speeds of between tens to hundreds of thousands of kilometres per hour.

"Although not numerous, Lyrids are bright and fast meteors", PAGASA said.

Seeing a meteor shower in action requires a certain amount of forethought. So, this dark night sky will create excellent viewing conditions for the 2017 Lyrid meteor shower. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada has a list of Dark Sky Sites on their website. Your eyes can take up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness, so allow plenty of time for your eyes to dark-adapt. So, for roughly 30-45 minutes, avoid looking at any bright light sources, including a smartphone or vehicle headlights. Luckily, the Moon is now waning, which will make it easier to see the meteors because it won't provide as much light pollution.

Are there other ways to watch?

This year's peak should begin late on April 21, and continue through the predawn hours of April 22.

Also, try watching the meteors on radar.

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