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To spot the most meteors, watch from as dark a site as possible. You do not need to stare directly at Lyra the meteors will appear all over the sky, although their paths will seem to point back towards this constellation. Find somewhere to either lie down or stretch out on a lawn chair so you can look up without straining your neck.
The Lyrids will likely provide the best meteor display until the 13 August Perseid meteors. There are two other showers before then with strength comparable to the Lyrids the Eta Aquarids on 6 May and the Delta Aquarids on 28 July but the glare of the nearly full Moon will make these displays hard to see.
The Moon will be much less of a problem for the Lyrids, since it will be just a slim crescent this weekend

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The best time to enjoy the Lyrid meteor shower this year in Taiwan will be between 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on April 23, according to the Taipei Astronomical Museum.
Astronomers at the museum predicted that during this year's shower, there will be about 18 meteors per hour on average. Most years in April there are no more than five to 20 meteors during the shower's peak. The documented peak for the Lyrids meteor shower -- which usually lasts from April 16 to April 25 each year -- is 90 meteors per hour on average, the astronomers said.

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If the evening sky permits, star gazers should watch out for meteor showers on the night of April 21 up to early morning the next day, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Saturday.
Every year in late April, the earth passes through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher, causing a strong meteor shower known as the Lyrids.

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Lyrid meteor shower
The Lyrid meteor shower streams from a point in the constellation Lyra near Vega - a brilliant blue-white star about three times wider than our Sun and 25 light years away. The meteor shower occurs due to the Earth passing through a trail of debris left by comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1). The Lyrids are typically visible between 16th and 25th April with a maximum occuring during April 22nd (Solar Longitude=33°32'), from an average radiant of RA=272°, DECL=+33 deg. Although the maximum ZHR is about 10, there have been instances during the last 200 years when rates were near or over 100 per hour so watch out!

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This year, 2007, the shower will peak in the early morning of the 22nd April  with perhaps up to 15 meteors  per hour.  
However,  we may  pass through a  clump of particles  and the rates may  rise slightly.
In 1982 the Earth passed through a particularly dense cloud,  and rates of  over 100 meteors per hour were seen.

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The Lyrid Meteor shower peaks on the 22nd at a rate of 20 per hour. Lyrid meteors radiate from a point in the sky near the bright star Vega.

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The annual Lyrid meteor shower will reach its peak activity on April 21–22, 2006, reaching maximum around midnight. The peak is broad enough that the number of meteors should be consistent until morning twilight. The crescent Moon will not interfere with the shower because it rises about an hour before morning twilight begins. Although the Lyrids are considered a major shower, expect a ZHR of about 10 to 20 .
The Lyrids are named after the constellation of Lyra from which they seem to radiate, and are associated with comet Thatcher.

You can listen to them by tuning to the 67 MHz meteor radar in Roswell, NM.

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