Can you see the Lyrid meteor shower in the Missouri sky this week? Well, maybe.

  • The Lyrids have been observed for more than 2,700 years, making them one of the oldest known showers.
  • The meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Lyra the Harp.
  • The Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors, NASA said.

The first major meteor shower since January is coming to a sky near you over the next few nights — and the peak will be in the predawn hours Thursday, Earth Day.

"By April, after the months of meteor drought, many meteor-watchers are itching to get going," EarthSky reported. "So — though they produce only 10 to 15 meteors per hour at their peak — the Lyrids are always welcome." 

Here's the best time to watch the Lyrid meteor shower

A few shooting stars may be seen streaking across the sky early in the night, but like many meteor showers, the best time to watch the event will be during the second half of the night as the frequency of meteors slowly increases, according to AccuWeather

Also, the moon will be emitting bothersome light pollution until after it sets around 3:30 or 4 a.m. local time, after which the darker sky will make it easier to see the dimmer meteors.

What will the weather be like in Missouri?

Unfortunately, most of the state will have some clouds in the sky. The best day to watch the meteor shower will be Wednesday night going into the predawn hours of Thursday. But even then your chances aren't that great. Bundle up — it'll be cold.

For the rest of the week, rain and clouds are forecast throughout the state, so better catch what you can Wednesday evening.

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Which direction in the sky can I look to see the Lyrid meteor shower?

Lyrid meteor shower

Lyrids are pieces of debris from the Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. In mid-April of each year, the Earth runs into the stream of debris from the comet, causing the meteor shower.

The meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the bright star Vega, which rises in late evening and passes nearly overhead shortly before dawn, according to EarthSky. So take a look in the northeastern part of the sky.

The Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors, NASA said, though not as fast or as plentiful as the famous Perseids in August.

Lyrids frequently leave glowing dust trains behind them as they streak through the Earth's atmosphere, according to NASA. These trains can be observable for several seconds.

The next major meteor shower will be the Eta Aquarids, which is set to peak in early May.

Doyle Rice from USA TODAY contributed to this report.