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Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Monday Night

The meteors are made of dust and debris from the Comet Thatcher, which passes the sun every 415 years.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Want to see something that's really "out-of-this-world"? Take a few minutes tonight to look up at the sky.

If the sky is clear Monday night and early Tuesday morning, you'll be able to see the Lyrid meteor shower at its peak.

Lyrid meteors are made of dust and debris from the Comet Thatcher, a comet that orbits the sun once every 415 years. Comet Thatcher most recently passed by the sun in 1861 and is due back in 2276.

Skywatchers can expect to see about 18 meteors per hour, with the occasional fireball possible, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told space.com. However, the bright moon could make the meteors hard to spot.

The best time to watch is between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., according to space.com.

Skywatching Tips

  • Get away from the city -- go somewhere as dark as possible.
  • Find somewhere comfortable you can lean back and stare up at the sky.
  • Allow 20 to 30 minutes to allow your eyes to adjust.
  • Rely on your naked eye -- binoculars and telescopes will narrow your view.

(Photo by cylonphoto/iStock/Getty.)

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