Lyrid radiants, seen April 20-21, 2013. (Click for full view.) The constellation Cygnus, also called the "Northern cross," is at top left; Vega and the constellation Lyra are to the left of the radiant, shown with green +s; and the constellation Hercules is to the right. The white + shows the predicted shower radiant.
Editor's note: This event has been completed. Thanks for watching the 2013 Lyrid meteor shower.
If you'd like to catch a last look at 2013 Lyrid meteror shower, this is your chance! Although a bright moon may interfere with viewing, you should still be able to see Lyrid meteors at an anticipated rate of 10-20 meteors per hour.
On the night of April 22-23, a camera provided by scientists at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center offered a live feed of the Lyrids beginning at 8:30 p.m. EDT. href="http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/tc.cgi">Convert to your local time.) The video window is embedded at the bottom of the page. The camera is light-activated, and will switch on at nightfall. During daytime hours, the webcast will show pre-recorded footage or a dark gray box.
Do You Have Some Great Lyrid Images?
If you have some great images of the Lyrid meteor shower, please consider adding them to the Lyrid Meteors photo group in Flickr. Who knows - your images may attract interest from the media and receive international exposure.
More About the Lyrids
Lyrids are pieces of debris from the periodic Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher and have been observed for more than 2,600 years. In mid-April of each year, Earth runs into the stream of debris from the comet, which causes the Lyrid meteor shower. You can tell if a meteor belongs to a particular shower by tracing back its path to see if it originates near a specific point in the sky, called the radiant. The constellation in which the radiant is located gives the shower its name, and in this case, Lyrids appear to come from a point in the constellation Lyra.
Note: promotional image of Lyrid meteor shower is copyright Greg Hinson. All rights reserved, used with permission. View the original image and caption at http://www.flickr.com/photos/28798135@N07/4547898498/