Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Thatcher, source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower
Taken by Dan Bush on April 20, 2015 @ Albany, Missouri
If forecasters are correct, the shower will peak on April 22-23 with 10 to 20 meteors per hour. Sky watchers are already seeing some early arrivals. Dan Bush photographed this Lyrid fireball over Albany, Missouri, before sunrise on April 20th
“I captured an early Lyrid meteor in two of my all sky cameras,” reports Bush. “This is a 1 minute image stack. The brighter streak in the east from behind the tree is the trail of an airplane.”
The Lyrid meteor shower is usually mild, and this year may be no exception. Nevertheless, these early sightings could herald a nice display. The best time to look is between about 11 pm on April 22nd and sunrise on April 23rd. [sky map]
Observing tips: Dress warmly. Bring a reclining chair, or spread a thick blanket over a flat spot of ground. Lie down and look up. Meteors can appear in any part of the sky, although their trails will tend to point back toward the constellation Lyra, from which the meteors get their name. The hours before dawn are best, because that is when Lyra is highest in the sky.