Skywatching opportunity: Lyrid meteor shower peaks Saturday

Rain clouds will get in the way during the peak, but this weekend offers an opportunity to watch the Lyrid meteor shower.

The meteors could appear streaking anywhere across the sky, but they get their name from the appearance that they radiate from the constellation Lyra in the northeast sky. Watch after midnight and up until just before dawn for up to 20 meteors per hour.

Saturday and Sunday are the shower’s peak, but the meteors are visible for much of the month of April. Give it a try tonight, early Friday morning or Friday night to beat the rain.

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