The Lyrid meteor shower peaks this week, with the best meteor viewing time expected to be Friday night/Saturday morning, April 21-22. While the Lyrids are not the strongest meteor shower, some meteors may occasionally reach fireball intensity. The showers emanate from the constellation of Lyra; its principal star, Vega, is the third brightest star in the northern hemisphere. For best viewing, face toward the northern half of the sky with the moon at your back. This will allow you to see the fainter Lyrids, which will be more numerous than the bright ones.