Watch for Meteor Shower in West Michigan Tonight
The Lyrid meteor shower peaked early Tuesday morning, but some had too many clouds to get a good look.
Clear skies are expected tonight in West Michigan, which will give us another opportunity to see the meteor shower while it’s still going strong.
Even with clear skies, the Lyrid meteor shower is a little more difficult to see this year.
The meteor shower has to compete with a bright moon in the night sky.
In some years, the Lyrids produce as many as 20 meteors per hour at their peak. There’s “no way we’ll be seeing that many this year. Still, even one bright meteor streaking along in a moonlit sky can be beautiful,” [Deborah] Byrd [of EarthSky.org] says.
The moon “will spoil a lot of the show. So I would not set high expectations,” says Bill Cooke, who directs NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Seems appropriate to have some natural fireworks as we celebrate Earth Day.