The Lyrid meteor shower happens the weekend of April 19-22, 2013. The peak is tomorrow morning (April 22) before dawn. Though a modest shower, it is nonetheless a great opportunity to stargaze and perhaps catch some meteors whizzing by. Your best chance to watch will be after moonset, an hour or two before dawn breaks on Monday. More about the Lyrids here.
While you’re waiting on the Lyrids, check out this video of the 2010 Geminid meteor shower in a high desert region of California. The Geminids are a more prolific shower, by far, and over the California desert – including the Alabama Hills, Eastern Sierras, Mount Whitney, and Joshua Tree – they must have been very beautiful. Maybe they’ll inspire you to venture into the night tonight. The video is titled “Fleeting Light” and it’s by Henry Jun Wah Lee at Evosia Studios.
If you happen to catch any Lyrid meteors on film tonight, be sure to share them with our community! Send us your great photos via EarthSky on Facebook, EarthSky’s photo community on Google+, and/or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily Howard was a faithful EarthSkyer for many years, until 2013. She graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a major in History (focus on Latin American Studies) and a minor in Spanish. She further cultivated her Spanish skills while living abroad in Valparaíso, Chile, and traveling extensively throughout South America, Mexico and Spain. She's an all-around cool girl, with an interest in many things.