As April showers tend to bring May flowers, this month is also home to another type of shower. Stargazers are in for a treat this month as Lyrid’s Meteor Shower will streak through the sky mid to late April – April 16-30.
As the Lyrid Meteor Shower becomes active between the mid to end of April, its peak will be April 21 and 22 starting at about midnight each night.
Stargazers will have a chance at viewing about 10-15 shooting stars within each hour. However, the moon’s glow may offset some of the fainter streaks as it will be about 70 percent full.
To view the meteor shower to its fullest, it’s best to escape the city’s harsh lights, and give the human eye about 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness.
“This year, the light of the waxing gibbous Moon will interfere with the visibility of these meteors, which under ideal conditions (which we don’t have this year) might be expected to produce about 18 visible meteors per hour,” NASA said.
The aeronautics organization also said the moon will set about 30 minutes before any sign of dawn on April 22 – about 3:05 a.m. – allowing for a short window with little to no light interference.