Different skywatching organizations have been pinning the meteor shower's peak on different nights as it continues through both April 21-22 and April 22-23. When comets come around the sun, they leave a trail of debris behind them.
The annual Lyrid meteor shower will be visible until the 25th, peaking tonight and tomorrow night.
These meteors radiate from the constellation lyra the Harp, near the star Vega.
The Met Office says, 'The best time to view it will be after midnight and before dawn. Every year when the Earth passes through the debris, it allows for the colorful bits to collide with its atmosphere, where they disintegrate, creating fiery and colorful streaks in the sky.
The first recorded sighting of a Lyrid meteor shower goes back to 687 B.C.in China. "If you do look directly at the radiant, you will find that the meteors will be short-this is an effect of perspective called foreshortening", NASA said. The site also cautions against using telescopes and binoculars, since the showers take up the entire sky and the tools will only narrow the viewer's scope.
But, don't just focus on the radiant point, because meteors coming from farther away will produce longer, more striking tails, Space.com reported.
The Lyrids begin as tiny specks of dust that hit Earth's atmosphere at 109,600 miles per hour, vaporizing from friction with the air and leaving behind the streaks of light we call meteors, Astronomy magazine reported.
Although the Lyrids have been known to provide outbursts of as many as 100 meteors per hour, nothing like that is expected this year and 10-20 per hour is probable.