April’s Lyrid Meteor Shower arrives this weekend and should be visible from Friday night to Monday morning (April 20 – April 23). The best night for seeing meteors will likely by late Saturday/early Sunday until dawn. Typically, we can expect to see about 10-20 meteors per hour at the peak of the Lyrid shower.
According to EarthSky.org, this weekend’s Lyrid shower should provide some of the best meteor shower viewing conditions in a while because the new moon will present a moonless sky.
“After patiently enduring bright moonlight for all the major showers at the end of 2011 (including the Perseids, Draconids, Orionids, Leonids and Geminids), the 2012 Lyrid shower will be moon-free! The new moon guarantees a dark sky in the late night and morning hours, the best time to watch the Lyrid shower.”
The best time to see the meteors will be in the pre-dawn hours in all parts of our night sky.
For more information on the Lyrid Meteor Shower and other star-gazing events, visit EarthSky.org.