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Skywatch: You may catch a shooting star this week

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks early on Friday morning.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — If you’re out in the evening early this week look for Mercury. You’ll need a clear view of the horizon to find the planet but on Sunday evening Uranus will be just left of the planet. 

Look for the ice giant if you have a telescope.

If you can find a spot far from the city lights look up on Friday morning and you might see a shooting star. The Lyrid meteor shower peaks this week. 

Caused by debris from Comet Thatcher about 15-20 meteors per hour are possible in a good year but the moon will wash out all but the brightest fireballs. 

As a result, about 5-15 meteors per hour are expected this year. Find a dark spot far away from the city to get the best show.

The last quarter moon will arrive on Saturday morning at 7:56 a.m. Look for the half moon before sunrise on Saturday morning. 

Happy hunting!