A Meteor Shower Is Taking Place Tomorrow — When to Watch the Light Show

Meteor Shower

The Lyrid meteor shower is taking place tomorrow night, so get ready to crane your necks to the sky.

This particular meteor shower is actually an annual phenomenon that usually takes place between April 16 and April 25.

This year, the meteor shower will peak between the 22nd and 23rd.

For us folks Down Under, the best time to see the spectacle is around 11pm (AEST) on Wednesday, April 22 and around 4am on Thursday, March 23.

While this shower occurs every year, it could be even brighter this year thanks to the reduction in smog and air pollution as a result of restrictions in place for COVID-19.

According to Time and Date, the Lyrids are one of the oldest meteor showers, with some historical Chinese texts noting that the shower was seen over 2,500 years ago.

Lyrids meteor shower passes near the Milky Way in 2015. Getty Images

Meteor showers occur when “debris from a comet’s tail vaporizes in our atmosphere, visible from far below as glowing trails of heated atmospheric gas,” according to Live Science.

The main hindrance to witnessing meteor showers is cloud cover — so here’s hoping it’s a clear night!

Be warned that watching the Lyrids isn’t exactly a short process. According to NASA, it can take your eyes a while to adjust before you spot the showers.

“Lie flat on your back and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible,” the NASA website reads.

“After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.”

But, seeing as we have a lot more extra time, this could be a great way to spend it.

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