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Meteor shower or shooting stars can be seen in Taiwan night sky with its peak on April 22


Stargazers in Taiwan will have a chance to view the Lyrid meteor shower when it reaches its peak on Wednesday, according the Taipei Astronomical Museum.


Observation conditions should be fair after 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday (April 21) and before dawn on Friday (April 24) with its peak on Wednesday (April 22), the museum said.

Astronomy buffs can expect to see 23 shooting stars per hour during the peak period, compared with an average of 18, according to the museum.

The meteor shower is known for producing fireballs -- brighter-than-usual meteors -- that can even parallel the brightness of Venus and cast shadows.

The meteor shower, which can be seen with the naked eye, gets its name because its radiant is located near Alpha Lyrae, the brightest star of the constellation Lyra.

It said the meteor shower will be visible to the naked eye if weather conditions are good. The museum said it will live broadcast the event on its website.

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