This weekend the Lyrid Meteor showers will radiate the sky.. Observers will be rewarded with the sight of 18 or more meteors per hour before dawn from a dark sky location. Since the moon will be nearly to its new moon phase, with darker skies, viewing conditions will be amazing. This is definitely the time to wish upon a star.
The Lyrid meteor shower has the distinction of being among the oldest of known meteor showers. Records of this shower go back for some 2,700 years. The ancient Chinese are said to have observed the Lyrid meteors “falling like rain” which is associates with the Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius in the year 687 BC.