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Toronto's view of Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend

The skies are hosting a special treat for Earth Day weekend with a view for Toronto of the annual Lyrid meteor shower.The meteors, which appear whitish or faint blue, are often as bright as the North Star, Polaris. They will be visible this weekend from anywhere in Toronto, says Henry Leung, observations director at University of Toronto’s Amateur Astronomer’s Society.Leung added that the best views are expected to be closer to midnight or in the pre-dawn hours, and especially at locations away from lots of light or tall buildings. The meteors will show up in the same part of the sky as the constellation Lyra, and will appear to radiate from the brightest star of the constellation, Vega.Article Continued BelowThis year, the meteor shower coincides with the waning crescent of the moon so they won’t be drowned out by moonlight and should be visible more easily, says Chris Ni, president of the University of Toronto’s Amateur Astronomer’s Society.As an added bonus, the nighttime sky over Toronto is forecast to be partially clear.The meteors, which are known as Lyrids, were first observed in 687 BC according to ancient Chinese records, Ni said.

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