Friday, May 23, 2014

Tonight's Sky for May 23-New Meteor Shower

Tonight (or early tomorrow morning, your preference), Earth will run head-on into a stream of debris shed by short-period Comet 209/P LINEAR. The meteors will appear to radiate from the obscure constellation of Camelopardalis, which is located near the North Celestial Pole between the far more famous constellations of Ursa Major and Cassiopeia. For observers living in North America, the placement is perfect as the shower radiant is located near or in the circumpolar region of sky. The shower is set to peak between 2-4am on Friday morning.

See also: the greatest meteor shower in history

Unfortunately, this being a new shower, there is no way to predict what the shower will bring, which means that the only way to know what is going to happen is to hope for clear skies and look up!

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