The Lyrid Meteor Shower Summit tonight, but in fact it might be difficult for many observers to find a meteor Observers can expect about 1
The Lyrids meteor shower comes from the comet C / 1861 G1 (Thatcher), which orbits the sun every 415 years – the last time in 1861 it passed the earth. But the comet left a cloud of dust. As the earth enters the cloud, dust particles that penetrate the atmosphere create bright streaks. The name of the meteor shower, the Lyrids, comes from the constellation Lyra, from which the meteorites once seemed to originate. Now that the constellations have standard limits, the ray of the shower (the place in the sky from which the meteorites seem to come) is actually in the constellation Hercules.
While not nearly as conspicuous as other showers like the Perseids and the Geminids, the Lyrids are the first meteorite record reported by Sky and Telescope last year. Chinese astronomers document the spectacle in 687 BC. The shower occasionally flickers to 100 meteors per hour, though the next big blow is unlikely to happen until two decades have passed.
It will not be easy to watch the shower this year either. The moon will be shortly after the meteor shower's beam, Space.com reports, and the bright moon will wash out some of the meteorites. For some Skywatchers, however, the shower is important as it is the first of nearly monthly meteor showers leading to the Perseids in August.
If you're trying to see the Lyrids this year, it's best to dress warmly. Find the darkest point you can find, and expect it to take 20 to 30 minutes for your eyes to get used to the darkness.
Enjoy Skywatching! I hope you see one or two meteorites.