AMAZING THINGS You Should Know: Camelopardalid Meteor Shower

You could be among the first to witness a NEW meteor shower.

Astronomers and NASA’s Meteor Environment Office are reporting that we may be in for a treat (for northernhemispherians) during the night of May 23rd to 24th as Earth passes through the debris trail left by Comet 209P/Linear.

Because any visible meteors will appear to originate in the constellation Camelopardis, the (new) shower has been given the nearly unpronounceable name Camelopardalids.

The best viewing times are expected to take place between the hours of 2 am and 4 am on May 24th (which translates to staying up late on the 23rd or getting up early on the 24th), if you are in the eastern time zone..

If you aren’t up to getting out of bed so early or find that your skies are dark, you can also watch the (potential) shower, which some predict could produce up to 200 meteors per hour, on the SLOOH camera.

For more information and detail, analysis and links to SLOOH, visit SPACE.Com.

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