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Meteor shower

FILE – In this July 28, 2014, file photo, two meteors, center and lower left, during the annual Perseid meteor shower streak across the sky above a forest on the outskirts of Madrid. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)

The first major meteor shower since the beginning of the year will light up the night sky this month.

The Lyrid meteor shower — which is usually active between April 16 and April 25 every year — will peak at around Monday, April 22, coinciding with Earth Day.

“The Lyrids will be the strongest shower since the Quadrantids of early January [and] puts on a show for about three nights surrounding the peak night,” said Dave Samuhel, AccuWeather astronomy blogger.

Here’s what you need to know about the meteor shower.

WHEN TO SEE IT

The meteor shower will be visible beginning on Monday, April 22, at 9 p.m. into the early morning of Tuesday, April 23.

The Lyrids are best viewed during the dark hours before dawn, according to NASA. After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. The show will last until dawn, so you will have plenty of time to view meteors, NASA said.

HOW TO VIEW IT

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Skywatchers will typically observe around 20 meteors per hour. But that number may be slightly lower this year because of light from the nearly full moon, according to AccuWeather. This will make it more difficult to see the dimmer meteors.

You don't need any special equipment or skills to view a meteor shower. Find a secluded viewing spot away from city lights.

Dress for the weather and make sure you’re comfortable if you plan to stay out long. Some suggest bringing a blanket or chair with you, as meteor watching can be a waiting game.

WHERE TO LOOK IN THE SKY

The radiant point of this meteor shower is located near Lyra, according to Timeanddate.com. However, meteors will be visible in all parts of the sky.

You can also use Timeanddate.com’s Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map to find the current direction of a meteor shower in the sky.

IF YOU MISS IT

If you miss the Lyrid meteor shower, the Eta Aquarids meteor shower will peak two weeks later — in early May.

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