Shower is expected to peak Tuesday night and produce around 10 meteors per hour.
It's time to gaze up and catch the second of four annual meteor showers that will grace our night skies in 2019!
The Lyrid meteor shower started this past weekend and is expected to peak late Tuesday evening. Up to 10 meteors should be visible during the event. If you happen to miss peak viewing hours, don't worry! The Lyrids will stick around until early Friday morning, April 25.
The Lyrids, the second shower of the year after January's Quadrantids, don't put on the biggest show, but it's very much worth a look. The only party pooper of the event is the moon, which is just past its full phase, making viewing a little harder thanks to its light.
According to SkyandTelescope.com, the best meteor shower with the best moon conditions is early May's Eta Aquariids. The popular Perseid and Geminid showers will be obscured this year by bright moonlight.
The best time to view the Lyrids is from midnight to dawn.
"This year, the moon is going to be a problem for prospective meteor watchers," because the moon will be so bright, Joe Rao of the New York's Hayden Planetarium, said to Space.com. "The best chance to see some Lyrids this year will be on the morning of April 23, just before morning twilight begins."
The Lyrid meteor shower usually runs in mid-April every year. These meteors are pieces of Comet Thatcher, a comet that orbits the sun every 415 years. It radiates next to a constellation, Lyra, in the northern hemisphere that represent the lyre played by the Greek God Orpheus. This shower is the oldest known to humankind, with its first recordings around 690 B.C.
The next meteor shower will be the spectacular Eta Aquarids, peak on May 5-6, followed by the Perseids, peaking on August 12.