People want to know what time is the Lyrid meteor shower 2021 tonight – here’s how and where to see it in the UK and US.
Usually, the Lyrid meteor shower peaks in mid-April every year and lights the sky for people around the world to show a stunning display of shooting stars.
The great news is that you can see the celestial spectacle tonight (April 21st).
So, what time is the Lyrid meteor shower? Here’s the best time to watch it in the UK and in the US.
What is the Lyrid meteor shower?
The Lyrid meteor shower has been lighting our skies for at least 2,700 years as the first ones were seen in China in 687 BC, Nasa has revealed.
They are one of the oldest-known showers and appear to come out of the constellation Lyra the Harp, which is located near the bright star Vega.
Lyrids are pieces of debris from a comet called C/1861 G1 Thatcher.
What time is the Lyrid meteor shower 2021?
The Lyrid meteor shower peaks tonight on Wednesday (April 21st) and will be visible in the early hours of Thursday (April 22nd) here in the UK.
The best time to watch the meteor showers is at pre-dawn morning of April 22nd, so you might wish to stay after midnight to catch the celestial spectacle.
You will be able to get the best views of the shower at dark, so this is after the moon sets and before the sun rises on Thursday, Earth Day.
The whole Lyrid meteor shower takes place between April 13th-29th this year.
How to see the meteor shower in the US
If you are based in the US, many of you might see the showers as the weather is in favour for those in the southern, western and north-central areas of the country.
AccuWeather reports that 2021 is a good year to see the Lyrid meteor shower across most of North America. The moon will be emitting bothersome light pollution until after it sets around 3:30 or 4 am local time which might be the best time to see the showers.
The meteor shower might not be that visible for those based across the Northeast and in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.