The 2018 Lyrid Meteor Shower Will Light Up the Sky on Earth Day. Fortune may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. This year, peak viewing time is before dawn on April 22. Staying fixated on that point will make the meteors appear short—“an effect of perspective called foreshortening,” NASA explains. The waxing moon will set after midnight local time, leaving the sky open for visible meteors.
After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Veteran night sky photographer Brad Goldpaint took this amazing photo of the Milky Way and a Lyrid meteor over Crater Lake, Oregon, during three years of astronomical photo sessions. Lyrids are also known to leave “glowing dust trains” in the sky, but viewers have to be on the look-out to catch them as they only last a few seconds.