The 2014 Lyrids meteor shower kicked off last Wednesday, April 16, and the celestial display is expected to run until April 25, Friday with the peak happening on Tuesday night, April 22. Sky watchers will be able to observe the meteor shower from anywhere but online viewing can also be their other option in experiencing the extraordinary sky display.
To watch the Lyrids meteor shower online, astronomy Web site Slooh.com will have a live-stream video starting at 5 pm PDT from one of its telescopes situated in North America. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced as well about the live streaming of the 2014 Lyrid meteor shower at the space agency.
The Lyrid meteors are usually as bright as the shining stars in the Big Dipper when they emanate from the Lyra constellation close to the bright star Vega. In the Christian Science Monitor report, NASA claims that the peak rate of the 2014 Lyrids meteor shower will be approximately 20 meteors per hour or one every few minutes.
Some viewers will opt to watch the Lyrids meteor shower online while others will choose to experience the celestial display by staring at the clear night sky. To best view the meteor shower peak, sky watchers are recommended to lie down on blankets or lawn furniture at a location far from the bright city lights and keep their heads close together with their feet facing different directions in order to maximize the collective view of the dark sky.
However, the Los Angeles Times report tip off that 2014 is not the most favorable year to observe the Lyrid meteor shower due to the Full Moon of the 2014 Lunar eclipse where there will still be enough brightness making the Lyrids meteor a little difficult to spot.
"The waning moon is more than half full, and its light will drown many of the Lyrid meteor showers," the report reads. If the sky watchers still want to try observing the 2014 Lyrids meteor shower, they can head to a location with the darkest sky and look above at anytime between midnight and dawn where the Lyrids meteors are expected to be at their peak.
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