The Lyrid meteor shower is more visible in the northern hemisphere, but even there, it's not considered one of the best. In its latest observation, the network was able to spot meteors flying across the sky. The Lyrids Meteor Shower, triggered by the debris left from the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, can be seen every year in mid-April as Earth's orbit takes it through the stream of dust and small rocks left behind by the traveling comet. NASA said these active showers were recorded in 1803 Virginia, 1922 Greece, 1945 Japan, and 1982 in the U.S.
The Lyrids takes its name from the constellation of Lyra the Harp, where the shooting stars appear to originate from. This year the peak of the meteor shower happens tonight around 2 am where stargazers can see up to 20 meteors per hour, but outbursts of up to 100 meteors per hour are sometimes seen with the peak.
You may have some free time because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so why not spend it looking for some shooting stars.
The comet is not predicted to return again until 2276.
Can't catch tonight's meteor shower?
Turn your eyes to the UAE skies on Wednesday night, as a spectacular meteor shower, inclusive of fireballs, is expected to streak through the darkness - in the first meteor show of spring 2020.
The April Lyrid, an annual meteor shower, is expected to peak Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22. Observing the Lyrid Meteor Shower is usually a bit of luck and a lot of strategy. The shower's radiant is located at the center of this stellar map, in the constellation Lyra. The phenomenon can be witnessed from dusk to dawn and its visibility will be at its best between 10 pm to 4 am local time (IST), in the East-Northeast direction. If you're further north, near Brisbane, "you may see three or four, but I wouldn't guarantee it".