Lyrid Meteor Shower To Peak Wednesday

(UNDATED) – The Lyrid meteor show will peak on Wednesday.

According to the American Meteor Society, this shower will be visible around the globe.

The best time to see the meteors or shooting stars is from midnight until 5 a.m.

If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place that isn’t littered with city lights that will obstruct your view. Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness so meteors are easier to spot.

Before midnight will be the best time to see slower, longer meteors that streak horizontally across the sky, called earthgrazers. Some of them have trails that glow for seconds after the meteor has disappeared.

On Wednesday, you could see between 10 to 20 meteors per hour, but officials say it is difficult to estimate the exact number.

This meteor shower occurs when the Earth’s orbit crosses paths with the Comet Thatcher. The comet loses pieces of itself that go flying into our upper atmosphere at 110,000 miles per hour.

Lyrid gets its name from the Lyra constellation. The Lyrid shower is one of the oldest known, with records of visible meteors going back 2,700 years.