The 2012 Lyrid meteor shower will be excellently seen from the entire northern hemisphere and may peak near April 22, 6h UT. Note though that the peak times vary by a few hours every year. Perhaps European observers see highest rates in their morning hours, or it will be even the north-American west coast that experiences the best display. We encourage all meteor observers to find out! A live graph has been set up for showing the results from your observing reports.
LYRID METEOR SHOWER: The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend on the night of April 21-22 when Earth passes through a stream of debris from ancient Comet Thatcher. Usually the shower is mild (10-20 meteors per hour) but unmapped filaments of dust in the comet's tail sometimes trigger outbursts ten times stronger. This year's peak coincides with a new Moon, so lunar interference will not be a problem. The promise of a good display has prompted NASA to plan an unusual 3D meteor photography experiment combining observations from the ground, a research balloon, and the International Space Station. More information, observing tips, and live audio from a meteor radar are available on today's edition of http://SpaceWeather.comBrowse the links for more information:observing tips, meteor radar, NASA chat, 3D meteors, Lyrid video.