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Gallery: The 2012 Lyrid Meteor Shower

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012: Veerayen Mohanadas

Marian Murdoch (http://www.wildmaven.org)

Skywatcher and photographer Marian Murdoch snapped this photo of a Lyrid meteor from Ridgecrest, Calif., during the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower peak on April 22, 2012.

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012: Marian Murdoch

Marian Murdoch (http://www.wildmaven.org)

Skywatcher and photographer Marian Murdoch snapped this photo of a Lyrid meteor (possibly two) from Ridgecrest, Calif., during the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower peak on April 22, 2012.

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012: Balloon Launch

Science@NASA/Tony Phillips

In Bishop, Calif., students led by astronomer Tony Phillips inflate a weather balloon to carry a NASA camera into the stratosphere to photograph the Lyrid meteor shower on April 22, 2012. The project was a joint effort by Phillips, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and Union High School and Home Street Middle School in Bishop.

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012: Balloon Flight

Science@NASA/Tony Phillips

April 22, 2012: According to the GPS trackers, the meteor balloon is passed high over the uninhabited White Mountains east of Bishop CA. This is one of the darkest places in the USA and if there are any Lyrids, we should see them!

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012: Marian Murdoch

Marian Murdoch (http://www.wildmaven.org)

Skywatcher and photographer Marian Murdoch snapped this photo of a Lyrid meteor from Ridgecrest, Calif., during the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower peak on April 22, 2012.

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012: Balloon Camera

NASA/MSFC/ Rhiannon Blaauw

This NASA image shows a prototype camera and DVR payload for a balloon-based meteor observation flight into the atmosphere. The camera rode a student balloon from Bishop, Calif., to photograph the Lyrid meteor shower on April 22, 2012.

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012: Marian Murdoch

Marian Murdoch (http://www.wildmaven.org)

Skywatcher and photographer Marian Murdoch snapped this photo of a Lyrid meteor from Ridgecrest, Calif., during the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower peak on April 22, 2012.

Lyrid Meteor Shower: Comet Thatcher

Science@NASA

This still from a NASA video shows the path of Comet Thatcher, with orbits the sun once ever 415 years and is the source of the Earth's annual Lyrid meteor shower in mid-April.

Astronaut Pettit Will Attempt to See Lyrids

Don Pettit (via Twitter as @astro_Pettit)

Don Pettit takes a self-portrait in the Cuopla of the International Space Station on Feb. 26, 2012. Pettit will attempt to see the Lyrid meteor shower from the ISS.

ISS Ground Track Map at Lyrid Meteor Shower Peak

NASA Meteoroid Environments Office

This graphic shows the ISS ground track near the time of the Lyrid peak.

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