The Lyrid meteor showers are expected to reach maximum activity this week, between April 21st and 22nd. The best times to view these “falling stars” are between 2am and 5am on Wednesday, April 22, 2009.
What to look for?
Lyrid meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails. About 10-20 meteors per hour at peak are to be expected. Uncommon surges can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour, but these rather rare outbursts are not easy to predict. The Lyrids typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. The best viewing night should be between midnight and dawn on Wednesday, April 22. But a day or two before and after the peak date may offer a decent sprinkling of meteors too. Fortunately the moon shouldn’t affect your viewing.
Best Way to View Meteor Showers:
The best way to watch for meteors is to find a place with a clear view of the sky and arrange for deck chairs or some other comfortable rest. Warm clothing and a blanket are advisable.