Friday, May 23, 2014

Heads Up: Brand New Meteor Shower!

For the first time ever the earth will pass through the debris field of the newly discovered Comet LINEAR.


The result: a brand new meteor shower for sky watchers in the Northern Hemisphere. Already being called the "May Camelopardalids," the meteor shower will reach its peak Friday night and into Saturday morning. Best times will be between 2 and 4 AM EDT.

The latest viewing prediction based on local weather:



And the location of the Camelopardalis constellation from which the meteors will appear to radiate.

The radiant point of the Camelopardalid meteor shower is in the far-northern sky.  That's why this shower is better for the N. Hemisphere.  Chart via skyandtelescope.com

EarthSky says that it could be the best meteor shower of the year, but it also stresses that, since this has never occurred before, it's all hypothetical until we see the actual meteors. (Go to the link for much more information.)

So head out, look up, and maybe see the birth of a new heavenly wonder.

1 comment:

  1. I would love to go out and look at these kind of things, but I'm just not coherent at that time of the morning. If you go, take some pictures.

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