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When is the best time to watch the Lyrid meteor shower this weekend?

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(Meredith) – Want to go to a spectacular light show this weekend? All you need to do is look up!

The Lyrid meteor shower will hit its peak early Sunday morning (April 22) this weekend.

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Here’s what you need to know:

  • From mid- to late-April, you can see about a dozen Lyrid meteors every hour in the early mornings.
  • The best time to see the most meteors (about 20 per hour) is Saturday night (April 21) through Sunday morning (April 22).
  • NASA recommends waiting for the moon to set at midnight before going out to see the shower.

Why are they named "Lyrids?"

  • Lyrids are medium-strength showers that are visible every April, according to the Space Science Telescope Institute and NASA.
  • They are called “Lyrids” because they seem to come from the Lyrid constellation.
  • Chinese astronomers recorded the Lyrid showers as far back as 687 B.C.

More than just meteors

There’ll be more to watch in the skies than just the Lyrid meteors, NASA says. A few hours before the Lyrid meteor shower hits its peak on Saturday, April 21/Sunday, April 22, Jupiter will be visible in the east. But if you want a decent view of the gas giant, you’ll need a telescope.

Here are a few other astral objects to keep your eye on:

  • Mars and Saturn will rise in the night sky just before dawn.
  • They will be a part of the summer constellation, Sagittarius, the Space Science Telescope Institute said.
  • The constellation Leo will be visible in the south. And if you find Leo, look toward its belly. That’s where the Leo Triplet galaxies are located. And if you look toward its heart, you’ll see Regulus, another popular star.

Information for this article was provided by Space.com.

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