Make a Wish: A Meteor Shower Will Light Up the Sky This Week

But don't forget to practice social distancing.

( With everything that's going on right now thanks to the pandemic, everyone needs all the help they can get. And it seems like a good time to believe in the power of wishing stars, right? Heads up: the annual Lyrids meteor shower is scheduled to happen this week, with the peak set from the evening of April 22 until the early hours of April 23.

Look towards the northeastern sky on April 22 at 11:30 p.m. PAGASA / website

The Lyrids meteor shower is named after the constellation Lyra, its radiant—a.k.a. where the shooting stars appear to be coming from. It has been observed to happen annually for more than 2,600 years, with Chinese documents describing it as "stars [that] fell like rain." Though according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, it has grown weaker, with only a dozen meteors seen per hour.

If you're lucky, you might see one when you look up from your backyard or window on Wednesday night. Do make a wish for the rest of us if you do.


Main photo by Nick Iliasov on Unsplash; used for illustrative purposes only.

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