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Taipei, April 20 (CNA) – Astronomers in Taiwan will have the chance to see the Lyrid meteor shower when it reaches its peak at dawn on April 23, the Taipei Astronomical Museum reported on Saturday.

Although there is likely to be moonlight interference, there is still a high probability of catching falling stars because meteor showers are known to produce fireballs – meteors brighter than normal – that may even be parallel to the brightness of Venus. casting shadows, according to the museum.

The museum predicted that 14 to 23 lightning meteors could shine through the sky hourly from a radiant in the northern sky and said conditions of observation would remain ideal for the next two nights, weather permitting.

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 in the constellation of Lyra.

The Taipei Transport Department has announced that depending on the weather, there may be traffic controls around the peak period of the meteor shower near the Yangmingshan area, a hot spot for astronomy aficionados.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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