Wes says Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks overnight


According to EarthSky, the best time to see the Lyrids is expected to be in the early-morning hours on April 23.

While you'll have to contend with a bright moon tonight, you'll definitely want to mark your calendars for the first weekend in May. Sightings of these heavier showers occurred in 1803 (Virginia), 1922 (Greece), 1945 (Japan), and 1982 (U.S.). With up to 20 meteors an hour bursting through the atmosphere during the peak, the shower is a magnificent sight to behold.

The Lyrids have been observed for more than 2,700 years, NASA said, making them one of the oldest known showers. These trains can be observable for several seconds.

The meteor shower sometimes bombards the sky with up to almost 100 meteors per hour, which are known as outbursts.

A new moon that night will make the sky as dark as it gets, and experts are predicting around 40 meteors an hour.

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Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

There are a couple of things that might get in the way from enjoying the best possible viewing.

When is the Lyrid meteor shower peak?

Why does this meteor shower happen annually? As it stands, we could see some showers and storms overnight and into the morning. The meteors can appear all across the sky, but they seem to streak out of a spot to the northeast of the bright star Vega (called the meteor shower's radiant).

In other ways creating a space at around 3 or 4 am, will place the shine in the ideal spot for one to observe meteors albeit they will be blanched by the moon. Every year, the Earth intersects with Thatcher's dusty tail and particles of the comet are seen streaking through the sky where the usually burn up.