And what better way to get it than from a real-life meteor shower? April is the month to look up and gift your eyes with the dazzling annual Lyrid meteor shower. This celestial spectacle is active between April 16 and 25 when the earth passes through a cloud of debris of a comet that is centuries old. In this case, we are currently going through the debris of Comet C/1861 G1 (Thatcher), which orbits the Sun every 416 years.
According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, it will be at its peak between April 22 and April 23. The best way to catch it is to look east-southeast just around midnight or the last hour before dawn.
Ideally, you would want to be far away from the city, where the skies are uninterrupted by ambient light and pollution is minimal—like this incredible bubble home in Joshua Tree. However, if the sky is clear, you should be able to see it from your own backyard. So get comfortable and gaze at the sky.
The Lyrid isn’t the brightest of showers, but it does produce the occasional fireball or outburst. To add to this, you’ll also be able to witness a gorgeous full Pink Moon on Saturday, April 16. The moon takes its name from the stunning pink flowers that bloom around this time.
If you don’t get to see this meteor shower, don’t fret, as there’ll be the famously luminous Perseid meteor shower in August.