Plan ahead now for an awesome year of meteor-watching. Good news! In 2018, the year's 2 most reliable showers - August Perseids and December Geminids - happen with little to no interference from the moon.
Many times a year, hundreds of celestial fireballs light up the night skies. They may be called shooting stars, but they don't really have anything to do with stars. These small space particles are meteoroids and they are literally celestial debris.
In late April, skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere will get a view of the Lyrid meteor shower, the dusty trail of a comet with a centuries-long orbit around the sun.