Need Saturday Night Plans? Check Out the Lyrid Meteor Shower
Anybody out there looking for something fun to do this weekend? Well, we’ve got you covered: the Lyrid meteor shower peaks late Saturday/early Sunday, so now’s your chance to track down a dark spot and wish on some shooting stars.
The Lyrids are caused by the comet Thatcher, which has been creating meteor showers for at least the last 2,600 years, when the Earth passes through its debris stream each April.
The shower will hit its peak between midnight and 2:00 AM on April 22, no matter your time zone. And, as an added bonus, the moon will be in its new phase, which means there will be very little moonlight to distract from the meteors.
According to Live Science, “NASA forecasters expect a peak rate of 15 meteors per hour this weekend, though the Lyrids have produced outbursts of 100 per hour in past years.”
Additionally, both Saturn and Mars should be bright and visible over the weekend, which will make for a pretty incredible night sky. And thanks to the unseasonably warm Spring we’re having, you probably won’t even need a blanket to take in the sights!