It’s been a few months since we had our last meteor shower, but the night sky is about to light up once more, with streaks of stars lighting up the night.
This annual Lyrid meteor shower will begin tonight on April 16 and will peak next week on April 21-22.
The Lyrids are one of the oldest known meteor showers, having been observed 2,700 years ago in Chinese historical texts.
According to the American Meteor Society, Lyrid “generally lack persistent trains but can produce fireballs,” and NASA confirms that they can often be seen for many seconds at a time.
Best viewed in the northern hemisphere, to see the Lyrid heads heading into a dark area and looking up at the constellation Lyra rising in the east.
For help finding the constellation, you may want to check this interactive sky map which is updated daily through the Lyrids.
If you have clear skies, good luck – you can expect to see very bright meteorites at a forecast rate of up to 18 per hour.
If you miss the April meteor shower? It is not to worry. This is the season and the Eta Aquarids meteor shower will peak on May 4.
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