The first meteor shower of the year has arrived and Slooh is here to help you enjoy an evening of star gazing and wish making as you watch the Lyrid Meteor Shower wherever you are in the world.
Join Slooh on April 22nd, as we look to the stars, hoping to catch a glimpse of this small shower. Seeing a meteor might be tough, as the Full Moon shines brightly in the night sky, but the skies will reward your patience with bright, burning streaks across the darkness, and Slooh will reward it with plenty of fascinating facts, observations and stories.
The Lyrids are sandgrain-sized pieces of dust and ice left over from the long-period Comet C/1861 Thatcher. The comet returns to Earth every 415 years, so the Lyrids have been observed for thousands of years. Because of the gravitational influence of the planets, the Lyrids surprise to the upside every 60 years or so. In 1982 and 1922, observers noted some 90 meteors per hour. In 1803, the Lyrids produced a storm of some 700 meteors per hour. The same happened in 687 B.C. when Chinese stargazers noted “at midnight, stars dropped down like rain.” This was one of the earliest recorded sightings of a meteor shower.
The Lyrids can appear anywhere in the sky, so you don’t need to look towards the radiant. Your best bet is to look for meteors near the peak of the shower after midnight on April 22 and into the early morning of April 23. You don’t need a telescope or binoculars. Just grab a good chair or blanket, lie back and look up. And join Slooh for a discussion and live show on April 22, 2016.