Lyrid meteor shower peaks tonight: How to see shooting stars

Pablo Tucker
April 24, 2019

The meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the bright star Vega, which rises in late evening and passes almost overhead shortly before dawn, the magazine said. Vega is one of the brightest stars in the night sky but NASA advises against concentrating too much on where the shower appears to come from, a spot known as its radiant. This meteor shower is easier to see in the Northern Hemisphere because that part of the sky is high above the horizon before dawn, although you can see a lower rate from the Southern Hemisphere.

Springtime stargazers are in for a treat; the Lyrid meteor shower will peak in a dazzling show tonight and early Tuesday morning (April 22-23). Late evening hours based on your location, between 9 p.m. and midnight local time, may be the best time to see "shooting stars", or meteors that burn up in our atmosphere. This is the oldest recorded meteor shower, with records that describe it dating back more than 2,500 years to ancient China.


The Met Office says, 'The best time to view it will be after midnight and before dawn.

NASA's Cooke told Space.com that the average Lyrid shower produces 15 to 20 meteors per hour. In mid-April of each year, Earth runs into the stream of debris from the comet, causing the meteor shower.


If you live in an urban area, you're probably going to want to drive to a place that isn't littered with city lights that will obstruct your view. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up.

"Simply find a dark, open sky away from artificial lights", the US space agency writes on its website.


After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.

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