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Lyrid meteor shower starts tonight

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Astronomy buffs have yet another reason to stare up at the night sky this week with the annual Lyrid meteor shower.

In the overnight and predawn hours, skywatchers will be able to see meteors streak across the sky. The best opportunity to see them is when the moon dips low in the southwest.

Cosmic experts at Astronomy.com say the best way to see the meteors is to find a place to stand where a building or natural object blocks the light of the moon.

"To tell a Lyrid from a sporadic meteor, trace the streak of light back to its origin. Lyrids appear to come from the constellation Lyra the Harp," Astronomy.com's Richard Talcott wrote.

From now until the end of the month, the meteor shower will be visible, but it will peak on April 22.

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