Spectacular Lyrid meteor shower to peak on April 22, 2018

Spectacular Lyrid meteor shower to peak on April 22, 2018

This Sunday is Earth Day but a celestial attraction at may steal the show.

Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 - including the spectacular Lyrids shower which peaked on the morning of April 22 - as well as where and how to see them. That's about to change thanks to the Lyrid meteor shower, which reaches its peak this weekend. Here's what you need to know.

This has been recorded as far back as 687BC by Chinese astronomers and a study of Thatcher's orbit suggests that the meteor shower has been active for a million years.

The Lyrids are one of the oldest-known meteor showers, having been observed for 2,700 years. The meteors typically appear unexpectedly and can be seen in all parts of the sky, according to EarthSky.

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You can expect 10 to 20 meteors per hour during the shower's peak.

The Lyrids, NASA says, are not as "fast or as plentiful" as the Perseids, which peak in August, but can surprise viewers with as many 100 meteors per hour. The last "outburst" was in 1982. That could prove hard it you're not willing to shell out for worldwide flights to watch a meteor shower but you'll still be able to get a decent show from down under.

You'll want to keep an eye on the northern horizon, where Lyra is located. Weather is even more unpredictable than meteors, and if you find yourself with an overcast sky you won't likely see much of anything. Instead, try going to a rural area and looking up; the darker the surrounding area the better for catching a glimpse.

Most of all be patient, meteors don't run on a schedule.