Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lyrid meteor shower


The Lyrids, the first major meteor shower of the year, will peak overnight on Friday and through dawn Saturday. Lyrid meteors can be seen anytime after midnight once the constellat­ion Lyra is well above the horizon. The best time to look will be after 2 a.m. through dawn. During this period, the local sky will point directly into the meteoroid debris stream, and observers can view about 18 shooting stars an hour.

The waning crescent moon should not interfere with this year’s display. You don't need binoculars or a telescope to observe Lyrid meteors. The naked eye is usually best for seeing shooting stars

To enjoy the Lyrid meteor shower, look toward the east and observe from a dark location. The higher Lyra and its bright star Vega climb into the sky, the more meteors you are likely to see. Meteors can appear in any part of the sky, although their trails will tend to point back toward the radiant near the constellat­ion of Lyra.

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