Lyrids, the First Meteor Shower of Spring, to Peak on Tuesday, Wednesday


"The radiant point (will be at its) highest in the sky at 3am, so you'll see between 10 to 15 meteors per hour at that time, if you're under a dark sky". In reality, the latest national weather forecast shows pre-dawn temperatures in the north and the northeast United States and Great Lakes as well as parts of the Northern and central Rockies on or below Wednesday freezing.

Don't forget to set your alarms!

The first meteor shower of the year is here! On average, 18 streaks of meteors are viewed per hour during the celestial event.

And while our movements may be restricted, that sure doesn't apply to these meteors, which are whizzing around like they always do.

You need no equipment to enjoy the show; the best tools for observing such showers are your own eyes. It might be a challenge for some years, as we're not allowed to roam freely outside.

But it is recommended that you look away from the radiant itself as this way, the meteors will look longer and brighter enhancing your viewing experience. Otherwise, it's what astronomers call a "sporadic" meteor - a random fleck of cosmic dust that just happens to collide with our planet while we watch.

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The showers will continue until April 26, 2020, but your best chance at some epic galactic action lies over the next couple of days.

Allow your eyes to adjust to the dark for about 20 minutes for optimal viewing.

What is the Lyrid meteor shower?

The display takes place every year between April 16-25, but is expected to reach its peak on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The glowing trails seen during the Lyrids are fragments of the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher.

The Comet Thatcher is one of eight great comets known to man in the 19th century. Some of the chunks fall into the Earth's atmosphere, which is how we are sometimes able to see them.

The Lyrid Meteor Shower has been documented as far back as 2,700 years.