April 22 Lyrid Meteor Shower

The sky will be dark and moonless for at least three hours before the first light of dawn on Thursday morning (April 23), when the annual Lyrid meteor shower is due to reach its peak.

Starting at 10:30 PM gaze your eyes to the sky and enjoy the show. The meteor shower is set to peak around midnight Pacific Standard Time, says NASA.

Even if the weather in your area doesn’t cooperate, you can still get a look at these shooting stars tonight (April 22). The online Slooh community observatory will air a free Lyrids webcast at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT on April 23) at its website: www.slooh.com. The webacst will include live views – and sounds – of the meteor shower along with expert commentary by Slooh astronomer Bob Berman and colleagues.

You can also watch the Lyrid meteor shower webcast on Space.com, courtesy of Slooh. The meteors are called “Lyrids” because their paths, if extended backward, appear to diverge from a spot in the sky not too far to the southwest of the brilliant bluish-white star Vega, in the constellation of Lyra the Lyre. Within a day on either side of the shower’s maximum, about 5 to 10 Lyrids can usually be seen each hour by a single observer under good skies. At its peak, the Lyrid rate is roughly 10 to 20 per hour.

 

Posted by Space.com