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 milky way and meteors of the April Lyrids annual meteor shower

The Department of Transportation in Taipei has announced that, depending on the weather, there could be traffic controls around the meteor shower's peak period near the Yangmingshan area, a hot spot for astronomy buffs. The comet orbits the Sun in a path roughly 415 years long.

Beginning Friday, April 19th, The Lyrid Meteor Shower will begin putting on a show for those in the Northern Hemisphere.

This long-exposure photograph taken on April 23, 2015 on Earth Day shows Lyrids meteors shower passing near the Milky Way in the clear night sky of Thanlyin, almost 14 miles away from Yangon.

But individual shooting stars are still visible on the days just before and just after the peak. The meteor shower is effortless to observe in the northern hemisphere as that part of the sky is high above the skyline prior to dawn but you can observe a lesser rate from the Southern Hemisphere.

"Find an area well away from city or street lights".

"Lie down comfortably on a blanket or lawn chair, and look straight up".

NASA advises star-gazers to go somewhere as dark as possible and give their eyes up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness.

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"Be patient - the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse".

A Lyrid Meteor is pictured in the Anza-Borrego Desert in California.

This is the point in the sky from which the meteors become visible to us on Earth.

The Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak on the night of 22 April.

The Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors, NASA said, though not as fast or as plentiful as the famous Perseids in August.

Then, when the Earth passes through this dusty trail, the meteors burst into the atmosphere, proving bright streaks of light across the dark sky.

Meteors come from leftover comet particles and broken bits of asteroids.

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