Time For The Lyrid Meteor Shower 2014 Peak

A bright moon may give some problems to the Lyrids peak, but warmish temperatures and clear skies could make for some good viewing.

The dates for the 2014 Lyrid meteor shower peak are here.
The dates for the 2014 Lyrid meteor shower peak are here.

For the first time since January, it's time for a meteor shower.

The Lyrid meteor shower 2014 peak dates are April 21 and 22, and the show has already come with a sneak preview. Clear skies and warmish temperatures could make for ideal viewing, despite that pesky moon.

The Lyrids is the first major meteor shower since the Quadrantids in early January each year, and the Lyrids’ peak tends to be short-lived. And this year, a bright moon may obscure much of the show.

Still, you might also see meteors before and after that date since we’re crossing the Lyrid meteor stream from now until April 26.

And there's more good news: While you can expect to see 10-20 meteors per hour on the peak morning, the Lyrids often surprise, sometimes raining meteors at a rate of up to 100 per hour.

Earthsky.org tells us the Lyrid meteor shower is one of the oldest known to man, going back some 2,700 years. The ancient Chinese are said to have observed the Lyrid meteors “falling like rain” in the year 687 BC.

The usual viewing tips apply: Find a dark place, away from light pollution, bundle up, look up, and enjoy the show. Lyrid meteors are known for their luminous dust trains, which can be observable for several seconds.

And NASA's tip for watching the Lyrid meteor shower 2014version is to take a look after moonset  and before dawn on 23 April. 

Fast Facts from NASA:

  • Comet of Origin: C/1861 G1 Thatcher
  • Radiant: constellation Lyra
  • Active: 16-25 April 2014
  • Peak Activity: 21-22 April 2014
  • Peak Activity Meteor Count: 20 meteors per hour
  • Meteor Velocity: 49 km (30 miles) per second
Susan Conner April 21, 2014 at 06:08 AM
@Babu G. Ranganathan, I think you misunderstood the Newsweek article you are talking about. Comets actually come from the Oort Cloud. Watch Cosmos and catch up.


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