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Oldest known meteor shower visible tonight

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The Lyrid meteor shower, considered to be the oldest known shower, is visible this weekend.

It's active between 16 April and 25 April, but peaks around the 22 or 23 April.

The Lyrids are created by debris from comet Thatcher, which takes about 415 years to orbit around the Sun.

If you want to watch, the best time is after midnight and before dawn, and Sark should get great views being the world’s first designated Dark Sky Island.

Here are some tips for stargazing, if you're going to try and watch the shower:

  • Go to the darkest place possible.
  • Find somewhere with a low horizon too, so there's nothing blocking the sky.
  • Get up high, on a hill if possible.
  • Use a red flashlight, to keep your eyes adapted to the darkness.
  • Give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness.