One of the greatest days of the year, Earth Day, is tomorrow, April 22, 2014. How fitting that the Lyrid annual meteor shower will be hitting its peak on this celebratory day. Although the meteor can be visible through much of this week, it will appear at its strongest for your enjoyment on Tuesday morning.
Astronomers predict that watching the show may be less exciting than previous years due to a ‘waning gibbous’ moon. Deborah Byrd, editor of the astronomy and science website EarthSky.org, says that the stars are bright enough to still be seen over the presence of the more than half-full moon in the sky. The Lyrids produce as many as 20 meteors per hour at their peak, but the likelihood of that being seen this year is certainly less than previous years, although it will still be a beautiful show.
If it’s cloudy near you, you can tune in to Mother Nature and watch the show live! NASA will host a live video stream from one of its meteor cameras. Byrd says, “People have two choices this year when watching the Lyrids. They can try to watch before moonrise, in late evening on April 21, or they can try to watch in the hours before dawn on April 22, when the moon will be in the sky.”
So set your alarms and get ready to be dazzled by what this glorious universe can do!
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