The annual Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks overnight on April 22-23, and this event typically produces around 20 shooting stars per hour. Meteor experts normally say to catch them in the early predawn hours, but this year, the best time to see the Lyrids is expected to be in the early evening hours before midnight. “So try — this year — watching in the early part of the night. There will be a brief window between the time the radiant rises in mid-evening and moonrise around midnight,” according to Earth Sky. Read more for a video explaining the science behind the Lyrids Meteor Shower and additional information.
“People in the Northeast will see the radiant rise around 9 or 10 p.m. in their local time zones, and it will continue to climb in the sky throughout the night — but the moon will also rise soon after, so you could try to spot meteors within that window. (The moon rises earlier the night of April 21 than the night of April 22.) Otherwise, going out closer to 3 or 4 a.m. will put the radiant in the best spot for you to see meteors, although they’ll be washed out by the moon,” reports Space.com.