You can see about 10-15 meteors per hour!
The month of April is full of several exciting and astronomical phenomena, the earliest of which will occur early Thursday morning on April 22 and early Friday morning on April 23. (Featured image: Huper by Joshua Earle via Unsplash.)
The Lyrid Meteor Shower is a famous event occurring annually in April, and it reaches its peak nearly every year on April 22. You can expect to see about 10-15 meteors per hour shooting across the night sky! The “Lyrid fireballs” have been mentioned in reports dating back to 687 B.C., making this the oldest recorded meteor shower.
According to EarthSky.org, the Lyrids are significant for breaking the “meteor drought” that occurs each year from January to April. The Lyrids are active from April 16 to 25, and the best viewing times will be in the predawn hours on Thursday, April 22, and Friday, April 23.
This year, the moon will be fairly bright in the sky, but will set before predawn hours. The best time to catch it, then, will be between moonset and dawn.
So, if you’re up in the wee hours of the morning, try to get somewhere with low light pollution and bring a jacket, coffee, and whatever else you might need! Check out this light pollution map to help you plan your morning.