Lyrid Meteor Shower 2019 Peaks Overnight Tonight and Monday!

The Lyrids Meteor shower will peak from Monday night into Tuesday morning.

The Lyrids are not the most numerous meteors, only about 10-20 meteors at most will be visible every hour, but what they lack in quantity they make up for in quality; the Lyrids are known for being bright and fast.

If you missed portions of the light show from the Lyrid meteor shower on Sunday night, fret not.

"The best time to spot the Lyrids in the hours before dawn: That's when Lyra will the highest in the sky". To see them, don't concentrate directly on the radiant, be aware of the sky around it, which is where the bright streaks will appear. Late evening hours based on your location, between 9 p.m. and midnight local time, may be the best time to see "shooting stars", or meteors that burn up in our atmosphere.

The annual display is caused by the Earth passing through a cloud of debris from a comet called C/186 Thatcher.

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The Lyrid showers also tend to produce outbursts of up to 100 meteors per hour, but those outbursts are hard to predict. The Lyrid shower is one of the oldest known, with records of visible meteors going back 2,700 years, according to EarthSky.

"Lie down comfortably on a blanket or lawn chair, and look straight up".

If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place that isn't littered with city lights that will obstruct your view.

NASA advises star-gazers to go somewhere as dark as possible and give their eyes up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness.

"Simply find a dark, open sky away from artificial lights", the US space agency writes on its website.

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