Lyrid Meteor Shower tonight!

Tonight there is a meteor shower going on. This meteor shower is called the Lyrid Meteor Shower named after the constellation nearest to it (Lyra). According to Wikipedia:

Lyra is a small constellation. It is one of 48 listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and is one of the 88 constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union. Wikipedia

  • Ive been searching online for some resources and information regarding the viewing of this meteor shower and I found a very informative article on io9. According to the article if you are in the city or anywhere where there is any kind of bright light you will pretty much miss the whole thing. Apparently the moon is too bright and will affect range of view. There are a number of sites streaming live video of the night sky meteor shower. However, I feel like watching a meteor shower online is not as exciting as seeing them with your own eyes along with hearing them as they swoosh by. If you are fortunate enough to live where there is very little light pollution, you will have the chance to see at least 20 meteors per hour. 

  • Here is what you need to know (without all that pesky reading)
  • When? 

     Early morning Tuesday April 22nd 2014

    What time? 
     Between Midnight and Sunrise (local time)

    Which way?
     Look northeast near the radiant 

    Anything else?
     Gaze towards the constellation of Lyra and towards the bright star of Vega or look far from the Moon. 


    For those who would like to stream the Lyrid Meteor shower 2014 here is a Ustream video that was featured on NASA’s website. 

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