A Never-Before-Seen Meteor Shower This Week

May 18th, 2014 at 9:26 pm by under Weather

A once in a life time opportunity is taking place late Friday and into Saturday. A never-before-seen meteor shower astronomers call ‘Camelopardalids’ will streak across Earth for the first time in history late May 23rd and into the 24th. Astronomers say this first-time meteor shower is expected to put on quite a show! Some are even calling it a ‘meteor storm’ as astronomers say it’s possible to see up to 200 meteors per hour during the peak! Camelopardalids is located close to the Big and Little Dipper.Since most know how to easily identify these constellations, the public should be able to easily identify where to look for the meteors.

Courtesy: NASA

Courtesy: NASA

Astronomers expect the peak viewing hours to be from 2-4 AM on 24 May 2014, but they expect the meteor shower to be visible as early as 23 May, due to the new moon immersing the night sky in darkness.

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There’s so many things working in our favor for this one! High pressure will likely stay in control at this time, which means we’ll stay dry with only a few clouds hindering the view. Complete obstruction is highly unlikely. Also, it’s happening on a weekend, so many of you can stay up late and check it out. For those that get awesome pictures, we’d love if you’d share them! Send them to NewsChannel 15 using our Report!t feature by clicking here. 

If you’d like to read more about this event, click here to visit NASA’s web page on the event. 

4 Responses to “A Never-Before-Seen Meteor Shower This Week”

  1. Amanda says:

    I was wondering what direction we are suppose to look to see the meteor shower tonight?

    1. Greg Shoup says:

      Actually this meteor shower will be so massive all you have to do is look straight up and you will see meteors in all parts of the sky.

      1. Becky says:

        I saw 2 meteors around 1 am close to big dipper. Amazing! Stars are so bright! Havent seen anymore….getting sleepy. Ha!

  2. Toni says:

    Can you tell us what happened to the big show?
    We had a campfire and sat out from 1:30 am until nearly 5:00 am WAITING to see the show! Two of us were looking at just the right second and saw ONE. The other person in our party never saw a single one.
    It was a massive disappointment.

    Thanks in advance for explaining what happened and why there was no “storm”.