The stars at night are big and bright (cue clapping) and I can think of few other places where the view would be as spectacular as it is from the “Top of Texas.” If you don’t know, at 8,751 feet, Guadalupe Peak is tallest point in Texas. 🌌
But you don’t have to hike to the top of Texas’s tallest mountain for a reason to look up. Between Saturday night and Sunday morning (April 22-33) the Lyrids meteor shower will reach its peak giving you the best opportunity to see shooting stars in the first half of this year. And luckily, this year that falls right when the moon will be dark in the sky.
The Lyrics are the oldest recorded meteor shower. Reports of witnessing the shower date back more the 2,600 years. We see the at the same time every year as the Earth passes through the debris trail of comet Thatcher.
To see as many shooting stars as possible, get as far away from light sources as possible. Find the constellation Lyra to the northeast of Vega, one of the brightest stars visible in the night sky this time of year, but don't look directly toward the constellation. Instead, look slightly to the side of the constellation because, while Lyra is the radiant, not all meteor trails start at the radiant.
If you don’t get the chance to watch Tomorrow night into Sunday morning, the meteor show will continue through April 25.
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