Sandwiched between the lunar and solar eclipses this month is the 2014 Lyrid meteor shower. The Lyrids are visible from April 16 to 25, but NASA is also broadcasting a live Ustream of the Lyrids on the night they peak, April 21-22, if the weather cooperates. Scientists at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will Ustream the Lyrids around 8:30 p.m. EDT. You can click here to watch the Marshall Ustream site at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc
NASA says around 20 meteors per hour are expected at the peak, but there will be some light from the moon affecting the view this year. The best views are expected Tuesday morning from midnight until dawn, if you have “…clear, dark skies away from city lights.” The Lyrids are parts of the periodic Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher according to NASA, and have been viewed from Earth for over 2600 years as we pass through the debris left by the comet every April. If you are watching your own skies, the meteors should appear to originate between the constellations Lyra and Hercules, according to skymaps.com.
Click here to visit the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Ustream site.
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