Moon Spoils Annual Lyrid Meteor Shower
The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaked this morning, Earth Day -- April 22, but you may have missed it because of the super bright moon. I looked in the sky as I was driving into work but only saw the glow of the moon, and the pesky fog (aka "flood") lights of the dude's big dually truck tagging along behind me all the way to my exit.
Even though the show's peak was just before dawn this morning (Tuesday, April 22, 2014), there still should be some good viewing the rest of this week.
According to USA Today:
"The Lyrids are bright, so they can withstand some moonlight, said Deborah Byrd, editor of the astronomy and science website EarthSky.org.
In some years, the Lyrids produce as many as 20 meteors per hour at their peak. There's "no way we'll be seeing that many this year. Still, even one bright meteor streaking along in a moonlit sky can be beautiful," Byrd says.
The meteor shower gets its name because it appears to radiate from a point just to the right of the blue-white star Vega, which is the brightest light in the constellation Lyra the Harp.
You can watch it via this NASA video stream from one of its meteor cameras on taken on Tuesday.