The peak of the shower is expected to occur Tuesday morning, with another opportune viewing time frame between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. ET. When comets come around the sun, they leave a trail of debris behind them.
There hasn't been a meteor shower to light up the sky since early January, and this one will be visible around the globe.
The Lyrid meteor shower is coming to a sky near you Monday night, though a bright moon may interfere with your sky watching.
These meteors radiate from the constellation lyra the Harp, near the star Vega.
People in the Northeast will see the radiant rise around 9 or 10 p.m.in their local time zones, and it will continue to climb in the sky throughout the night - but the moon will also rise soon after, so you could try to spot meteors within that window.
Cooke told Space.com that the Lyrids do occasionally produce outbursts of as many as 100 meteors per hour, but that those bursts are unpredictable.
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The Lyrids are best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere during the dark hours (after moonset and before dawn). The Lyrid shower is one of the oldest known, with records of visible meteors going back 2,700 years, according to EarthSky.
The annual display is caused by the Earth passing through a cloud of debris from a comet called C/186 Thatcher.
"Lie down comfortably on a blanket or lawn chair, and look straight up".
The best time to view the Lyrids is after moonset and before dawn in an area well away from city or street lights.
"Simply find a dark, open sky away from artificial lights", the USA space agency writes on its website.