When you wish upon a shooting star… Lyrid meteor showers hit peak tonight

On the night of April 21, the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower peaked in the skies over Earth. While NASA allsky cameras were looking up at the night skies, astronaut Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station trained his video camera on Earth below. Image Credit: NASA
On the night of April 21, the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower peaked in the skies over Earth. While NASA allsky cameras were looking up at the night skies, astronaut Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station trained his video camera on Earth below. Image Credit: NASA

When you wish upon a shooting star… Lyrid meteor showers hit peak tonight

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Okinawa

Let’s make a wish upon a shooting star tonight!

Look up at the sky as the Lyrid meteor shower is set to put on a show. The annual meteor shower, named after the constellation Lyra, occurs once a year. This year, the showers will run through April 25.

Though the peak time of tonight’s meteors is actually at 4 p.m. in the afternoon and today is a bit cloudy in the Kanto area, there will still be a few more days to catch some of the meteor showers. Tonight’s new moon also means that the shooting stars will be even clearer.

Keep an eye out and if you get any good pics, don’t forget to share them with us on Facebook!

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