Lovely Lyrids: Watch the 2014 Lyrid Meteor Shower Online

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The 2014 Lyrid Meteor Shower

From NASA astronomer Bill Cooke: The 2014 Lyrid meteor shower peaked on the night of April 21-22. You can still see some Lyrids through April 25, but it will be at a very low rate. The Lyrid radiant will rise for people north of latitude 56 degrees south. However, to have a real chance of seeing any Lyrid meteors, you should live or be north of latitude 41 degrees south. This link can help you find the latitude of where you live.

The best viewing will be between midnight and dawn, local time to wherever you are. The waning gibbous moon may block less-bright meteors from view. To watch the shower, find a place with dark, clear skies away from city lights. Give your eyes 30-45 minutes to adjust to the dark. Lie on your back and look up (avoid looking at the bright moon), allowing your eyes to take in as much sky as possible. Happy viewing!

Video Collage: 2014 Lyrid Meteor Shower Highlights

More About the Lyrid Meteor Shower

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.


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