How to Watch the Lyrid Meteor Shower
The best time to catch the shower will be just before dawn, when the constellation Lyra is at its highest point. That's generally around 4am local time. For the best experience, you'll need a little patience. Get out to your spot early, and give your eyes time to fully adjust to the darkness. (Don't sit and look at your phone.)
To see the meteors, you'll want to get out of the city, away from light pollution. You'll also want clear sightlines of the sky. If it's a cloudy night or you have an obstructed view, you'll have a tough time taking in what you're able to see in spite of the moon.
The meteors will appear to emanate from the constellation Lyra (the Harp). However, that doesn't mean you should stare straight at the constellation. The meteors will be moving away from it. Knowing where the constellation is can help, but you're also fine lying back with your feet facing east and looking up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.
The shower is created by the debris from Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which orbits our sun once every 415.5 years. (It'll be a while until it returns. Its next slated to pass through our solar system in 2276.) The earth crashes through the debris it left behind and those bits burn up in the sky as the Lyrid meteor shower. Like every meteor shower, it's a beautiful series of dominoes that leads to the night when you can look up and enjoy the show.
Even though the Lyrids are a little tamer than most showers and the moon will be in the way, it's a great way to get outside and start to enjoying excellent star gazing weather headed our way.