TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Stargazers will get the best chance to view the annual Lyrid meteor shower Sunday night and early Monday, although astronomers warn the moon's bright light may spoil the show.
The meteor shower occurs annually as the Earth passes through debris from the Comet Thatcher. Stargazers with clear, dark skies can usually see up to 15 or 20 meteors an hour.
The best time to view the meteor shower in this area is after the moon has set and before the sun rises, around 4:30 a.m.
“The moon is expected to spoil much of this year's Lyrid meteor display because it is currently in its bright gibbous phase, with the lunar disk nearly 85-percent illuminated, according to SPACE.com's stargazing columnist and meteorologist Joe Rao,” NBC News reported. “That means that moonlight will likely wash out fainter Lyrid meteors, with only the brightest streakers being visible.”
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