Look up: Annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Posted at 12:49 PM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 13:08:02-04

DENVER – If your weekend plans don’t involve stargazing, you might consider changing that.

This weekend, the annual Lyrid meteor shower will hit its peak.

The meteor shower is active between the dates of April 14 and April 30, according to NASA, but peak viewing will occur on Sunday, April 22 with as many as 18 meteors per hour.

The Lyrid meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Lyra, which is where the meteors often appear to radiate from. However, you should be able to see shooting stars throughout the night sky.

The early-morning pre-dawn hours after the moon sets are typically the best time to watch for meteors, as that’s when the sky is usually at its darkest.