The Lyrid meteor shower passes by Earth every year around April 16-25. This year the peak is expected to be shortly before dawn on April 23rd. Sadly, bright light from the Moon will drown all but the very brightest meteors this year.

The number of meteors can vary, and very rarely reach  "storm" levels of frequency, but on a very dark and moonless night one a very lucky and shar observer may be able to see 20 bright meteors an hour. However, please note that this year you may not see any but a few very bright ones, if at all, due to the Moon.


If you want to try to spot some meteors anyway, you may want to bundle up as it's still a bit chilly at night for most folks in the Northern Hemisphere! Get to a dark spot, get comfortable, bring extra blankets to stay warm, and let your eyes adjust to the dark sky. A cozy lounge chair makes for a great seat, as does simply lying on your back on a blanket, eyes scanning the whole sky.

Find out more Lyrid observing tips for this year courtesy EarthSky . The Night Sky Network has a handout that you may find useful for your meteor watching party: Heads Up: It's a Meteor Shower Handout!
 
Radiant point of the Lyrid meteor shower
Image of the radiant of the Lyrid Meteor Shower, courtesy EarthSky
 

Date: Monday, 4/22/2019 - Tuesday, 4/23/2019

Time: 10:00 PM - 5:00 AM

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