Celebrate Earth Day by watching the first major meteor shower of the year.
The Lyrids are expected to peak on Earth Day providing skywatchers with the first major meteor shower of the year. The meteor shower typically produces around 10-20 meters per hour and should be visible throughout much of the world.
The Lyrids are an annual meteor shower that occurs between April 16 to April 25, typically reaching its peak on Earth Day. The meteor shower is produced from tiny pieces of dust and ice left in the trail of the periodic Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. The Lyrids get their name from the constellation Lyra that the meteors appear to originate from.
The Slooh Community Observatory will be providing a live stream of the Lyrid meteor shower for anyone who is unable to view it where they live due to poor weather or light pollution. Slooh’s webcast is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 22.