PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Relatively clear skies on Wednesday night will leave Oregonians with a view of the Lyrid Meteor shower, especially if they head away from city lights.
The Lyrid Meteor Shower occurs when the Earth passes through the dusty trail of Comet Thatcher, which causes a meteor shower- the Lyrids. It usually happens around the end of April, says Jim Todd, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Director of Space Science Education.
Viewers can expect to see around 10-20 meteors per hour, at the peak. The meteors will be visible starting around 10 p.m. and throughout the night, with more visible before dawn, however clouds are expected to roll into Portland around that time, so be sure to head out earlier.
Todd recommends dressing warmly, setting up a spot with a reclining chair or laying on the ground, and looking east.
If you can’t make it outside on Wednesday evening, a live feed of the shower is available here.