How To Watch Tonight's Lyrid Meteor Shower
The skywatching bonanza that is April 2014 continues tonight with a beautiful Lyrid meteor shower. April has already delivered some jaw-dropping skywatching events that came in the form of a larger than life Mars and a spectacular Blood Moon, but tonight, skywatchers across the globe are going to be treated to multiple shooting stars as the annual Lyrid Meteor shower hits its peak.
Although a bright 'last quarter' moon will dampen the impact of some of the weaker lights, there's still a good chance for catching a number of bright streaks across our skies as meteors hurtle along at an estimated 110,000 miles per hour. The show is expected to peak some time between midnight and the early hours of Tuesday morning and, while the meteor shower will be visible across the globe, those in the Northern Hemisphere are expected to be witness to the best views.
Cloud coverage looks to be favourable across much of North America, especially Central and Southern Regions, which means if you're away from significant light pollution, you've got a great chance of maximizing your viewing. For those who can't venture out tonight, you can watch the whole show with NASA's live stream right up top, which kicks off at 8:30pm EST.
So whether or not you want get out in the fresh air or simply watch from the comfort of your own home, tonight is a great chance to witness a mesmerizing celestial display.