The online Slooh community observatory will host a live views of the annual Lyrid meteor shower tonight, April 22, beginning at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT). Slooh is an online skywatching service that provides access to remotely operated telescopes for members seeking high-quality views of the night sky. You can watch the free Slooh webcast directly from Slooh at http://www.slooh.com, and in the window below, courtesy of Slooh:
The Slooh webcast will feature live views of the Lyrid meteor shower from the low-light camera at Slooh's Canary Islands Observatory off the western coast of Africa. "Alongside this meteor hunt, Slooh will be broadcasting live telescope views of different comets throughout the night, as a throwback to the origin story of meteor showers. This visual array will be accompanied by the fan favorite, radio audio feed from New Mexico, so viewers can listen as well as watch for meteors. This Lyrid Meteor Shower extravaganza will be brought to you by Slooh Host, Eric Edelman, and Slooh Astronomers Bob Berman and Will Gater. Use the hashtag #SloohLyrids to ask questions for Will, Bob, and Eric to answer live on the air," Slooh representatives wrote in a statement.
"This year the moon will be a waxing crescent only 1/15th the brightness of a full moon, and it will set early, allowing excellent dark sky conditions for this shower," said Slooh astronomer Bob Berman. "Typically, Lyrids produce a gratifying number of fireballs, which is surprising since their moderate speeds of 30 miles per second is only about 75 percent that of the August Perseids or November Leonids. This should be an exciting experience."
The Lyrid meteor shower occurs each year in mid-April and is caused by leftover bits of the Comet Thatcher burning u pin Earth's atmosphere.
More Lyrid resources:
- Lyrid Meteor 'Fireworks' To End Earth Day | Video
- Comet Thatcher's Yearly Attack on Earth - Lyrid Meteor Shower | Video
- Total Lunar Eclipse, Lyrid Meteors And More - April 2015 Skywatching Video
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