Predicted Maximum: April 22, ~5h30m UT (= Apr. 21, 10:30pm PDT; = Apr, 22, 1:30am EDT)
Moon: Waxing Crescent (no interference)
(radiant map from IMO)
WHEN TO WATCH: Mid-northern observers may start observing during the late evening hours of Saturday, April 21, just before midnight. Continue into the early morning hours of Sunday, April 22 until morning twilight or until you get too tired.
The Lyrids are another shower with a reputation for variable rates and timing. Usually, they produce about 10-20 meteors per hour at maximum (under dark skies). In most years, the peak is fairly sharp, so observations on the mornings of April 21 or 23 probably won't produce much. Lyrids produce fairly fast meteors with a reputation for being faint on average. However, I've seen my share of Lyrid fireballs, and the 2009 display was uncharacteristically bright.
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