Lyrid Meteor Shower 2021: Where and when to find Lyra constellation in the sky

The dazzling sight of this year’s Lyrids meteor shower will take place all over the Northern Hemisphere tonight.

You will be able to see the Lyrids shower if you get away from the city and light pollution and as long as moonlight doesn’t obscure your view.

The shower occurs annually between April 13 and April 29, with its peak being on April 22.

NASA’s website recommends you look out for the striking phenomena between moonset and dawn so the moonlight doesn’t obscure your view.

The meteors can be seen at a rate of 18 hours but there have been cases of lucky stargazers seeing up to 100.

“Lie flat on your back with your feet facing east and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible,” Nasa recommends.

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

“Be patient—the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.”

The Royal Greenwich Observatory also advises people to bring a blanket with them as despite summer being on its way, it may get chilly.

It also advised, where possible, to bring a deckchair to have the ultimate experience.

Stargazers who have already managed to gaze at the skies for the shooting stars have started sharing beautiful snaps on social media.

According to the Observatory, the Lyrids meteor shower is the oldest one that still runs today, with its first sighting dating back to 687 BC.

The Lyrids occurs when the debris of celestial objects such as comets or asteroids clashes with the Earth’s atmosphere and burns up, reaching temperatures of up to 1600C.

This causes the glowing objects to disintegrate and appear as short-lived fiery streaks.

The Lyrid meteors radiate from the constellation Lyra, which can easily be spotted.

You’ll want to look for Vega, which is the brightest star in the constellation.

According to Earthsky, the best way to see Vega is to look northeast in the sky.

The shower has previously been sighted in Virginia in 1803, in Greece in 1922, in Japan in 1945 and in the US in 1982.