The Lyrid meteor shower, which is an annual phenomenon, will peak on April 22, Friday. NASA and Slooh are presenting the live webcast.
The Lyrids are among the oldest chronicled meteor showers. They were referred to by ancient Chinese stargazers in 687 BC. These meteors are particles of dust and ice from the Comet Thatcher, reported Gizmodo.
Comet Thatcher is a celestial object that takes around 415 years to orbit the sun. The ice and dust particles from Thatcher strike earth’s surface and create bright streaks of light, therefore creating these showers.
The Lyrid meteor shower will be visible across the Northern Hemisphere more than the Southern Hemisphere and meteors will speed up at 107,000 mph. The best time to view them is just before the dawn. However, experts are not expecting anything spectacular this year and the display may be difficult to view. Lyrids are one of the weaker ones when it comes to meteor showers. They are also difficult to view from the Southern Hemisphere. The shower became active on April 16 and would peak on April 25.
The main obstacle while viewing the meteor shower is that it has coincided with a full moon. This will reduce the overall visibility of the shower.
Bill Cooke, an astronomer at NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, said that usually people can see 15 to 20 meteors every hour when the shower is at its peak, but this time it may be only two to three, according to International Business Times.
The enthusiasts can watch the meteor shower live online, reported Space.com. Slooh is going to put a live show at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 April 22 GMT). You can directly watch it on www.slooh.com. NASA’s webcast will start from 8:30 p.m. EDT (0030 April 22 GMT). To follow NASA’s webcast directly, check: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/watchtheskies/lyrids-ustream-2014.html.#sthash.3LfvrbBC.dpuf
Nevertheless, both webcasts need a clear sky for a good view. Space.com has also urged people to share photos of Lyrid meteor shower with them at firstname.lastname@example.org.