The Lyrids, the first big meteor shower of the year, will peak on Earth Day.
The Lyrids are an annual meteor shower lasting from April 16 to April 25, that typically peaks on Earth Day. The meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Lyra that the meteors appear to originate from. The meteor shower is produced from the debris trail left by the periodic Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher.
In what is commonly the first good meteor shower of the year, the Lyrids are expected to produce around 10 to 20 meteors per hour and will be visible throughout much of the world. The meteor shower should hit its peak shortly after midnight on April 22.
NASA and the Slooh Community Observatory will be providing a live webcast for anyone who is unable to view the meteor shower due to poor weather or light pollution. Slooh’s live stream will begin at 8 p.m. EDT and NASA’s starts at 11 p.m. EDT on April 22.