A Never-Before-Seen Meteor Shower This WeekMay 18th, 2014 at 9:26 pm by Jesse Hawila 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.
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.
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.