Tonight and Tuesday Morning is the Peak of the Lyrid Meteor Shower

The milky way and meteors of the April Lyrids annual meteor shower

The meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the bright star Vega, which rises in late evening and passes almost overhead shortly before dawn, the magazine said. Known for their fast, bright meteors, the Lyrids are one of the oldest known meteor showers'.

They need to look towards the eastern horizon of the sky from midnight on Monday until dawn Tuesday to observe the Lyrids meteor shower, he explained, adding that they could take nice photographs of the meteor shower with advanced digital cameras and should increase the exposure to get the best results. Every year when the Earth passes through the debris, it allows for the colorful bits to collide with its atmosphere, where they disintegrate, creating fiery and colorful streaks in the sky.

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The best time to watch the meteors will be around 9 p.m.to 10 p.m. local time in the Northern Hemisphere before Vega, which is 25 light years away, rises, according to EarthSky.org. The meteors, also known as shooting stars, will radiate from a point in the constellation of Lyra, the Lyre.

The shower occurs this time each year when Earth's orbit crosses paths with that of Comet Thatcher.

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The meteor shower technically peaks overnight and before dawn Tuesday, but can be seen for a few more nights.

If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place that isn't littered with city lights that will obstruct your view. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness - without looking at your phone - so meteors are easier to spot.

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"Simply find a dark, open sky away from artificial lights", the USA space agency writes on its website.

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