April brings the return of the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Skywatchers may be able to see the shooting stars. The Lyrids — so named because they appear to stream from the constellation Lyra — begin this evening and continuing through April 28. The action will peak on the night of April 22, when — moonlight and weather permitting — viewers may be able to see about 20 meteors an hour. In some previous years, skywatchers reported seeing as many as 100 meteors an hour. No special equipment is needed to see shooting stars. All you have to do is lie on your back and look straight up. It’s always advised to get as far away from city lights as possible to optimize your viewing opportunity.
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