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Lyrids Meteor Shower will intensify above Kamloops and Okanagan until it peaks next week

The Lyrids Meteor Shower has just begun, and it will be offering its brightest shows over Kamloops and the Okanagan next weekend.

Around 18 meteors will be visible every hour during the peak on the evening of April 21-22, according to NASA.

“The Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors,” the space agency said.

Osoyoos astrophotographer Debra Ceravolo said the best time to enjoy the show – whether it’s during the peak or any other night of the shower – will be around midnight. That’s when the earth will be directly facing the trail of debris left behind by Comet 1861 G1 Thatcher.

“The dark side of the earth will be facing it head on,” Ceravolo said. “It’s like driving through a snow storm at night with your headlights on.”

As long as the skies are clear, the fireballs will be seen toward the east and near the Vega star, which is easy to spot because it’s the brightest in the night sky.

The Lyrids shower started April 15 and lasts until April 29.

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