The Lyrids meteor shower will peak on the night of April 21 to the morning of April 22. If the skies are not cloudy this will be a good year to view the Lyrids as this will occur during the new moon. The best time to view the Lyrids is just before dawn regardless of where you live. The Lyrids meteor shower is caused by the Earth going through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher. The rate is expected to be a maximum 15 meteors per hour. The Lyrids are one of the oldest documented meteor showers with records of it appearing 27 centuries ago.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 19, 2012