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Check out the Lyrid meteor shower

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Posted at 5:20 PM, Apr 21, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-21 17:23:01-04

Are you into the starts, planets, meteors? I usually keep my work to the atmosphere, but there is a really cool opportunity outside of the atmosphere tonight.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 21st/22nd. It may be tough to see here due to cloud cover but the scientists at NASA have you covered. You can watch the Lyrid meteors live with NASA tonight.

“If you’re looking for a fun way to spend an early spring weekend, make plans to stay “up all night” with NASA experts to watch the Lyrids brighten the skies. On Saturday, April 21, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. EDT meteor experts Dr. Bill Cooke, Danielle Moser and Rhiannon Blaauw from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will answer your questions about the Lyrids via a live Web chat.”

A few minutes before 11 p.m. tonight, visit… http://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/lyrids2012_chat.html .  A chat module will appear at the bottom of the page. After you log in, wait for the chat module to be activated, then ask your questions!

A special thank you to H. Joe Witte from Adnet/NASA Goddard for passing the information about the live chat along to us so we could share with you.

Want more? Here is a cool article and a 3D view of the meteor shower… http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/18apr_lyrids/