Lyrid meteor shower starts tonight

NORTH CHARLESTON,S.C. (WCIV) - Astronomy buffs have yet another reason to stare up at the nightsky this week with the annual Lyrid meteor shower.

In theovernight and predawn hours, skywatchers will be able to see meteors streakacross the sky. The best opportunity to see them is when the moon dips low inthe southwest.

Cosmicexperts at say the best way to see the meteors is to find a placeto stand where a building or natural object blocks the light of the moon.

"To tell aLyrid from a sporadic meteor, trace the streak of light back to its origin.Lyrids appear to come from the constellation Lyra the Harp,"'sRichard Talcott wrote.

From nowuntil the end of the month, the meteor shower will be visible, but it will peakon April 22.