Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Next Week

The Lyrid Meteor Shower will streak across the sky between April 16, 2019 and April 25, 2019. The peak will be very early on the morning of April 23, 2019. The best time for viewing will be before dawn, when the greatest number of meteors are usually seen. However a waning gibbous moon is expected to wash out everything except the brightest meteors. To view the meteor shower in Michigan look towards the Northeast, go away from city lights and let your eyes adjust!


The Lyrid Meteor shower is named after the constellation Lyra, and according to some historical Chinese texts, is one of the oldest recorded meteor showers. The fireballs in the meteor shower are created by the debris from the comet Thatcher, which takes 415 years to orbit around the sun.