This week, the Lyrid meteor shower peaks Friday. This year, the shower is expected to peak during the early morning hours on Saturday, April 22nd. The presence of the full moon during other meteor showers this year could mean this will be the best viewing until the Orionids this fall.
Make sure the night sky is clear before venturing out in the darkness to watch it.
Astronomy buffs can expect to see dozens of shooting stars per hour during the peak period thanks to little interference from a waning crescent moon, according to the museum.
What causes the Lyrid meteor shower are the interactions that follow when Earth passes through the dust left by comet C/186 G1 Thatcher. The Lyrid meteor shower has the distinction of being among the oldest of known meteor showers.
For your best chance to see some of these meteors get away from city lights.
The Lyrids have been named after the Lyra constellation because of its comet shower's radiant.
Those leftovers enter earth's atmosphere at an incredible fast 103,000 miles per hour and burn up fairly quickly, resulting in the Lyrid meteor shower. Most meteors you see are the result of a particle the size of a grain of sand streaking through our atmosphere.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that its first baby falcon of 2017 hatched around 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday. You don't have to do this to see the meteors as they streak across the sky in all directions, but it's cool to try to find the origin of them. The meteors will look as if they were coming from that star. Many Lyrid meteors - about a quarter of them - leave persistent, and visible, trains of ionized gas that glows for a few seconds in the wake of the meteor.
Lyrid meteors in history.
Also, the Lyrids are known for producing fireballs.