Hey there, tenacious sky watchers: Forecasters say the Lyrid meteor shower will peak late Sunday night and into Monday morning, so set your alarm clocks and gather your blankets. You've got a show to watch.
The Lyrid meteor shower takes place each April as our planet passes through debris left by the tail of the Comet Thatcher.
The meteors are actually little bits of that debris, often no larger than a grain of sand, that burn up in Earth's atmosphere, causing light to streak across the sky.
The Lyrid meteor shower was first recorded more than 2,000 years ago by Chinese astronomers who wrote that "stars fell like rain," according to Sky and Telescope.