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.