When to look up for the Lyrid meteor shower

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will be peaking soon

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will be peaking soon

This is the oldest recorded meteor shower, with records that describe it dating back more than 2,500 years to ancient China. The shower usually peaks around April 22 and the morning of April 23.

The only solution is to go out both nights and look for "fast and bright meteors" falling out of the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the bright star Vega, which rises in late evening and passes almost overhead shortly before dawn, according to NASA.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will peak on Tuesday morning, but keep your eyes on the sky over the weekend as well. Occasionally, the Lyrids can "storm". Unfortunately, viewing conditions are not the best this year.

People in the Northeast will see the radiant rise around 9 or 10 p.m.in their local time zones, and it will continue to climb in the sky throughout the night - but the moon will also rise soon after, so you could try to spot meteors within that window.

While there are no guarantees that the Lyrids will make such a dramatic repeat performance (it typically produces around 20 shooting stars an hour), the only way to find out for sure is to go outside and look up. Because meteors can appear all across the sky, the naked eye is the best tool you can use; telescopes and binoculars will narrow your view. The Lyrids hit Earth's atmosphere traveling as fast as 30 miles per second (49 kilometers per second), and can shine about as brightly as the stars in the Big Dipper, Cooke said.