The Lyrid Meteor Shower, observed for more than 2,000 years when the planet makes its annual passage through the dust stream of long-period Comet Thatcher. A grain of that comet's dust is swept up in this image from the early hours of April 21, 2015, the meteor's brilliant streak crosses the central region of the Milky Way. Its trail points back toward the constellation Lyra. The yellowish hue of giant star Antares shines to the above of the Milky Way's bulge. At the top is bright planet…

The Lyrid Meteor Shower, observed for more than 2,000 years when the planet makes its annual passage through the dust stream of long-period Comet Thatcher. A grain of that comet's dust is swept up in this image from the early hours of April 21, 2015, the meteor's brilliant streak crosses the central region of the Milky Way. Its trail points back toward the constellation Lyra. The yellowish hue of giant star Antares shines to the above of the Milky Way's bulge. At the top is bright planet…

Astrophotographer Jeff Berkes captured this Lyrid meteor in the marshlands of southern Maryland on April 14, 2013. (http://www.jeffberkesphotography.com/)

Astrophotographer Jeff Berkes captured this Lyrid meteor in the marshlands of southern Maryland on April 14, 2013. (http://www.jeffberkesphotography.com/)

2014 Lyrid meteor shower to peak on Earth Day -- #meteor #lyrid #space

Lyrid meteor shower to peak on Earth Day

2014 Lyrid meteor shower to peak on Earth Day -- #meteor #lyrid #space

The Lyrid Meteor Shower is expected to peak on the night of April 22 and early morning of April 23, 2016.

The Lyrid Meteor Shower is expected to peak on the night of April 22 and early morning of April 23, 2016.

Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Today With 'Unpredictable' Show

When to Catch Today's Meteor Shower at Its Peak

Astrophotographer Mark Lissick sent in a photo of Lyrid meteors and the Milky Way, taken on April 22, 2013, in Hope Valley, CA (near Lake Tahoe). Credit: Mark Lissick/Wildlight Nature Photography

Astrophotographer Mark Lissick sent in a photo of Lyrid meteors and the Milky Way, taken on April 22, 2013, in Hope Valley, CA (near Lake Tahoe). Credit: Mark Lissick/Wildlight Nature Photography

I'm excited for tonight's Lyrid meteor shower! This short video from NASA explains why it should be a great one.

Lyrid Meteor Shower May be Best in Years

I'm excited for tonight's Lyrid meteor shower! This short video from NASA explains why it should be a great one.

An annual meteor shower peaks this weekend, a time when dark skies should make for great viewing opportunities in the Northern Hemisphere.    The Lyrid meteor shower is expected to reach maximum intensity overnight from Saturday to Sunday (April 21 to 22), with the best observing opportunities coming between midnight and dawn on the 22nd local time, experts say. The moon will be nearly new at that time, so its glare shouldn't drown out too many of the Lyrids' brief flashes.

Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week

An annual meteor shower peaks this weekend, a time when dark skies should make for great viewing opportunities in the Northern Hemisphere. The Lyrid meteor shower is expected to reach maximum intensity overnight from Saturday to Sunday (April 21 to 22), with the best observing opportunities coming between midnight and dawn on the 22nd local time, experts say. The moon will be nearly new at that time, so its glare shouldn't drown out too many of the Lyrids' brief flashes.

NOT TO BE MISSED!! Lyrids meteor shower...between  April 16 and April 25, 2014

NOT TO BE MISSED!! Lyrids meteor shower...between April 16 and April 25, 2014

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will add some pop and sizzle to Saturday's pre-dawn sky. With little interference from the Moon, conditions are ideal for meteor watching. The post Lyrids to Put on a Weekend Light Show appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will add some pop and sizzle to Saturday's pre-dawn sky. With little interference from the Moon, conditions are ideal for meteor watching. The post Lyrids to Put on a Weekend Light Show appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

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