The out-of-this-world sight is typically at its peak on April 21 each year.
nighttime meteor shower in forest
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If activity from outer space grabs your attention, then be sure to mark your calendar for a can't-miss intergalactic phenomenon taking place this month. According to Mental Floss, a Lyrid meteor shower will occur in late April. What, exactly, is this attraction? The meteor shower comes about when Earth passes through the end of a comet, making excess rock debris burn like a light show in the sky.

While the spectacle usually begins on April 16 each year, the best time to take in the meteor shower is actually from April 21 to April 22 when the shooting stars are at peak activity. On average, you will be able to see about 20 shooting stars per hour. If you are lucky, you can join the likes of some meteor-enthusiasts who have spotted around 100 in an hour in previous years. Try to catch them before they disappear for good, though. The fire-like pieces of debris fade away for the year around April 25.

The meteor shower will also reportedly be more accessible to view than in previous years. In the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, there has been less air pollution so the conditions will likely be clearer in the night's sky.

Space-related news has piqued interest this month otherwise, too. Earlier this April, the biggest supermoon of 2020 orbited Earth. The pink moon appeared on April 7 with its peak at 10:35 p.m. eastern time. Per The Old Farmer's Almanac, this supermoon got its name from the Phlox subulate, a North American flower meaning moss pink. Its other nickname, "paschal moon," came from its relation to Easter.


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