The Lyrid meteor shower has started and is set to peak between Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23 and you might be able to grab a glance in Worcester.

Whether you’re a keen stargazer or you’re curious when it comes to spotting things in the sky, Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) has shared some tips for seeing the meteor shower.

Here’s what you can expect from the event and how to spot it.

What is the Lyrid meteor shower?

This meteor shower is “a burst of meteor activity occurring around mid to late April.”

It adds: “Meteors are small chucks of debris left in the wake of certain celestial objects, like asteroids or comets.

“When the Earth passes through this trail of material, it scoops up a number of these pieces which fall into the atmosphere.

“These objects are moving extremely fast (about 50km/s) compared to the relatively still atmosphere. In fact, they fall so fast that the air in front of them can’t get out of the way fast enough, instead getting rapidly squashed and heating up.

“This causes the surface of the meteor to reach temperatures as high 1600°C, glowing brightly, which is visible as a short-lived streak of light in the sky.”

You can find out more about the Lyrid meteor shower via the Royal Museums Greenwich website.

How to see the Lyrid meteor shower and where to see it

You can expect to see meteors that are “bright and fast” plus “some with trains”, the RMG explains.

To see the meteor shower, you’ll need to find somewhere dark with a view of the sky with no obstructions.

If there’s a bright sky, your view will be obstructed.

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RMG advises: “The best time to see the shower generally is in the early morning of the peak day. Wait until after midnight when the radiant point, in the constellation of Lyra, will have risen in the East.

“The later in the morning you wait, the higher the radiant will rise and the fewer meteors will be hidden below the horizon. But the closer you get to sunrise the brighter the sky is going to become, so plan accordingly!”

Lying on the ground is a good way to spot this meteor shower so grab a blanket or you could opt for a reclining deckchair.