On the night of April 21st, the Lyrid Meteor Shower will be nearing its peak. Slooh will provide live coverage all night starting at 5 PM PDT / 8 PM EDT / 00 UTC (4/22) International Times: http://goo.gl/5J5wYp. Viewers can watch free on Slooh.com or by downloading the Slooh iPad app. The live image stream from North America will be accompanied by expert audio from Slooh astronomer Bob Berman.
The Lyrid meteor shower appears in the night sky every year beginning around April 16th and ending on April 26th, and it will appear to stream directly from the bright star Vega located in the constellation Lyra. Despite this apparent association, the source of the meteors is actually from Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1) which leaves behind a trail of debris that Earth passes through every April. The Lyrids have been observed for almost 2600 years Chinese astronomers were the first to record witnessing the Lyrid meteor shower in 687 B.C.
Berman says, “This is not one of the top meteor showers of the year like the Perseids and the Geminids, still the Lyrids produce around 20 meteors an hour, and they are moderately fast coming in at 110,000 miles per hour. That’s about 30 miles per second, which is nearly 60 times faster than a rifle bullet.”