Lyrid meteor shower peak tonight and Starlink pass

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The peak time to see the Lyrids will be a few hours before sunrise Wednesday morning but some meteors will be visible (weather permitting) until April 25.

According to David Dickinson of Universe Today, "2020 is the ideal year for the Lyrids" as the night during the peak of the meteor shower will be close to the New Moon on 23rd April.

While attractive to many, the Lyrids are actually pieces of space debris left over from the periodic Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, according to NASA.

The weather in Arizona is on track to have ideal conditions for a clear night, which means an even clearer view of the meteors as they streak across the sky, reported AZ Family.

The meteor shower is best seen from the Northern Hemisphere and demands nothing but a set of eyes to see them. While these rates are relatively low compared to other meteor showers, the Lyrids have been known to produce some fireballs.

If you aren't in a spot where you'll be able to view the Lyrids but still want to watch, visit the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page.

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After the Lyrids pass us by, the next meteor shower will be the Perseids, which are visible in August, NASA says.

The unbelievable sight happens every year and will be particularly visible this year between 21 and 22 April.

"Dark places are best since most of the meteors will be hard to see in bright city lights", Berger said. Before ten pm they will be making their progress across the skies and visible from the UK.

According to the American Meteor Society, this shower will be visible around the globe. Allow time for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness, about 30 minutes.

Meteors are chunks of debris which have broken away from celestial objects such as asteroids and comets.

The shower is made up from debris from a comet called Thatcher, and is created as falling debris from the aforementioned comet as it burns up in Earth's atmosphere.

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