Where to see the Lyrid meteor shower this Earth Day (night)

WASHINGTON — Mother Nature is putting on quite the show Wednesday night for Earth Day, and millions can get a clear view of the Lyrid meteor shower, provided they’re away from bright city lights.

Around 11 p.m. on April 22, just before Earth Day comes to an end, WTOP’s Space Guy Greg Redfern says, look up — east-northeast, specifically.

“If you look in that general area starting about 11 or so, or a few hours before dawn,  you should see some meteors out of that section of the sky,” Redfern says.

The annual shower usually produces 10 to 12 visible meteors an hour, but NASA is predicting 10 to 20 an hour for this year’s shower.

“The shower can produce fireballs, which is a technical term for something that is about as bright as Venus. So it’s worth seeing,” he says.

You can also catch the shower indoors by watching NASA’s live stream of the meteor shower.

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Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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