Lyrid Meteor Shower Is Back
It's not one of the bigger shows, but moon is cooperating
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2015 4:38 PM CDT
In this photo provided by Wally Pacholka of AstroPics.com, a Geminid fireball explodes over the Mojave Desert in 2009.   (AP Photo/AstroPics.com, Wally Pacholka)

(Newser) – The Lyrid meteor shower peaks overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning, and those inclined should head outside at some point after midnight and simply look up. (Meteors should be visible Thursday night, too.) No special equipment is needed, though Space.com recommends lying back on a lounge chair because the best views will likely be directly overhead. The bad news is that the Lyrids typically don't have anywhere near the numbers associated with bigger showers such as the Perseids or the Geminids. The good news, though, is that the sky will be moonless for about three hours before dawn and thus ready for prime viewing.