Lyrid meteor shower peaks tonight: How to see shooting stars


The only solution is to go out both nights and look for "fast and bright meteors" falling out of the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the bright star Vega, which rises in late evening and passes almost overhead shortly before dawn, according to NASA.

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

When they talk about April showers, they usually mean rainstorms, but it could just as easily refer to meteor showers.

The next meteor shower of 2019 is the Eta Aquarids, which have been under way since April 19, and are expected to continue through about May 28, with a peak from the night of May 6 into the morning of May 7.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will be visible Monday night and peak Tuesday morning. The Lyrids seem to streak out from an area, called the radiant point, near the bright star named Vega. When they hit the earth's upper atmosphere, the friction heats them up and they glow. The Lyrids can produce up to 18 meteors per hour, with occasional fireballs. Unfortunately, viewing conditions are not the best this year. The meteors have started streaking across the sky, again, starting April 16 and are likely to peak overnight on April 22.

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The best time for observing Lyrids is from midnight until dawn, while the best location is a relatively dark area without light and environmental pollution.

The Lyrid showers also tend to produce outbursts of up to 100 meteors per hour, but those outbursts are hard to predict.

"It is actually better to view the Lyrids away from their radiant: They will appear longer and more spectacular from this perspective".

Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair. In those cases, the number of meteors rises dramatically to 100 per hour.