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Watch Lyrid meteor shower cross sky overnight

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If you look to the sky early Monday morning, you could catch a rare and amazing sight.

The Lyrid meteor shower is putting on a show from space.

What you could witness overnight is basically like a fireworks show from space. FOX 10 talked to an expert about what to look for.

You could witness an amazing meteor shower with your own eyes early Monday morning if you're willing to stay up late.

"This is debris from the tail of a very famous comet that passed the earth called Comet Thatcher and all of the meteor shower debris is basically remnant from the tails of comets, but in the romantic sense. They're just a wonderful thing to watch," said Dr. Sky.

Dr. Sky says the showers will start after 1 a.m. and you don't need any fancy gear to spot them.

"Just the naked eye is good, looking to the northeast if you're able to lie back in a chair and just relax and observe the shower. It's nature at it's best," said Dr. Sky.

Dr. Sky explains that we will witness the earth passing through the orbit of a comet. He says to imagine it like the I-10 intersecting with the I-17.

"Since everything in space is moving much faster than our highways, of course, we get to see the meteors as they overtake the earth. That's why in the morning hour the earth is rolling in toward the direction, like if you had a ball on a table, the earth is rolling into the debris field, so that's when you get to see it best," said Dr. Sky.

Look to the Northeast at about 1 a.m.

If you catch pictures, share them with us on www.facebook.com/myfoxphoenix

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