As taken from: in-the-sky.org
The Lyrid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on 23 April 2016. Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night from 19 Apr to 25 Apr.
The maximum rate of meteors expected to be visible from a dark location is around 10 per hour (ZHR). The Moon will be 16 days old at the time of peak activity, and being so close to Full Moon, will severely limit the observations that will be possible.
The radiant of the Lyrid meteor shower is at around right ascension 18h00m, declination +32°, as shown by the green cross on the planetarium above. At midnight, it appears 28° above your eastern horizon from Virginia. All of the meteors will appear to be travelling directly outward from this point, as indicated by the white lines drawn above.
The best place to look to see as many meteors as possible is not at the radiant itself, but at any dark patch of sky which is around 90° away from it, since it is at a distance of around 90° from the radiant that meteors will typically appear at their brightest.
|The sky on 23 April 2016|
All times shown in EDT.