The event should showcase roughly 10 to 20 awesome meteors per hour.
Lyrid meteors are small chunks of rock that break off of Comet Thatcher, “a long-period comet that orbits the sun about once every 415 years,” Space.com reports.
The Earth crosses Comet Thatcher’s path every year around April, causing a “shower” of meteors to fall from the sky as it collides “with a trail of comet crumbs,” the space site explains.
When Can I See The Lyrid Meteor Shower?
You can spot meteors in the sky from April 16 through April 25, though the shower peaks just before dawn — from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. — on April 22.
What’s The Best Place To Watch A Meteor Shower?
“Get to a dark spot, get comfortable, bring extra blankets to stay warm, and let your eyes adjust to the dark sky,” NASA suggests. “A cozy lounge chair makes for a great seat, as does simply lying on your back on a blanket, eyes scanning the whole sky.”
The meteors will start to form around the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, which is shaped like a harp. However, NASA recommends focusing on a spot in the sky away from the constellation, as they will “appear longer and more spectacular from this perspective.”