This Bright Leonid Fireball Is Shown During The Storm Of 1966 In The Sky Above Wrightwood, Calif. The Leonids Occur Every Year On Or About Nov. 18Th And Stargazers Are Tempted With A Drizzle Of 10 Or 20 Meteors Fizzing Across The Horizon Every Hour. But Every 33 Years A Rare And Dazzling Leonids Storm Can Occur But, Astronomers Believe The 1999 Edition Of The Leonids Probably Won'T Equal 1966, Which Peaked At 144,000 Meteors Per Hour. (Courtesy Of (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
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.