The Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak. They are the oldest recorded meteors – first written about in ancient China over 2,500 years ago
The Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak on the night of 22 April. The chart shows the view looking east at midnight. This is the oldest recorded meteor shower, with records that describe it dating back more than 2,500 years to ancient China. The meteors, also known as shooting stars, will radiate from a point in the constellation of Lyra, the Lyre. To see them, don’t concentrate directly on the radiant, be aware of the sky around it, which is where the bright streaks will appear.