Chicagoans, send your eyes skyward next week.
The Lyrids meteor shower will fall late next week and should be visible throughout the Chicago area, depending on cloud cover, according to the city’s Adler Planetarium.
The downpour is expected to peak at around 10-20 meteors per hour, which is a pretty average number for downpours, “under very dark and very clear skies.”
However, the Lyrids are expected to peak during daylight hours this year on April 22, according to the planetarium. So, experts said the best time to take the iconic shower would be in the dark of morning on April 22 or 23.
“The Moon rises two to three hours past midnight on these dates, which will mask some of the fainter meteors,” the planetarium said online.
According to the American Meteor Society, meteors are “caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering the Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel paths.”
The company noted that the Lyrids, peaking next week, and the eta Aquariids, peaking May 4-5, showers are among the most noticeable, weather and moonlight conditions permitting.
Chicago-area residents will also get a chance to see other out-of-the-ordinary sights before the end of the month.
On Saturday, a full moon will rise at sunset, also known as a pink moon, germinated grass moon or egg moon – due to its proximity to the Easter holiday.