If you're staying up until all hours during the pandemic, or if you're an early riser, you may have already caught the prime time of the Lyrid meteor shower early this morning. But the first shooting star extravaganza of the spring is going on for another few days, and you may as well get some joy out of it.
As CNet explains, prime viewing time is in the wee hours of the morning, but you will start catching some meteors around 10 p.m. PT, especially if you have a view of the northeastern sky and can find the constellation Lyra — from which the meteors appear to emanate. The shower began last Thursday and lasts about 10 days.
This oldest of all recorded meteor showers has been happening around this time in April for some 2,700 years, at least, and you'll see shooting stars all over the night sky, not just near Lyra. And it's the first meteor shower we're getting since January, so soak it in.
As Space.com tells us, it's not a crazy heavy shower — just 10 to 20 meteors per hour at its peak, which already passed this morning. But it is luckily happening when there's just a sliver of a new moon that doesn't rise until the early morning. So around midnight or 2 a.m. might be your best bet to catch some shooting stars tonight.
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