Lyrid Meteor Showers to Streak Across the Sky This Week

Look to darkened skies this week to see the annual Lyrid meteor shower, which is expected to peak Wednesday night into the wee hours of Thursday morning. The shower has been seen around the world for more than 2,600 years, according to NASA. It should hit its peak when the crescent moon sets on Wednesday night. The sky should be dark enough for people in areas without light pollution to see several meteors each hour — weather permitting, of course. Peak rates should occur after 10:30 p.m. on Wesnesday local time for observers in the northern hemisphere. Lyrid rates are not significant until after midnight local time for observers in the southern hemisphere.