The Lyrids are caused by the comet C/1861 G1, also called comet Thatcher. While this is not the first meteor shower of each calendar year, it is the first ‘big one.’ You can expect to see up to 10 meteors per hour on the peak night. Meteors will appear to radiate from the constellation Lyra, which is next to the tell-tale cross of Cygnus the swan.
On April 23rd, you can look for Lyra in the eastern sky. Unfortunately, the moon will be a bright waxing gibbous (about 83% illuminated). Depending on the time you go out to view this meteor shower, the moon’s brightness may interfere with meteor visibility.
Watch it at the Dark Sky Preserve
The Dark Sky Preserve at Port Crescent State Park is the perfect place to watch the peak of the Lyrid Meteor Shower which is to take place Friday, April 19th through Thursday, April 25th with the peak being on Tuesday, April 23rd.
For more information about the Dark Sky Preserve at Port Crescent State Park, click here.