Lyrids bring April showers to the skies

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - If you're a fan of astronomy, get the coffee and late night snacks ready. The Lyrid meteors, or April's "shooting stars" will put on a show over the next few evenings, and it looks like weather conditions will cooperate.

Located around the constellation Lyra, the Lyrid meteors tend to peak the night of April 21 and morning of April 22. Hourly rates reach around 10 meteors per hour, but as many as 100 per hour could streak across the sky.

For the best view, look to the northeastern sky between midnight and dawn on April 22. The forecast Wednesday night calls for clearing skies and an overnight low in the mid 50s.

The Lyrids is not the strongest annual meteor shower, but is the longest observed dating back at least 2,600 years.

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