May Camelopardalids

Olly

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Here is something new - May Camelopardalids.

This is a new meteor shower due on 24th May . Here is the link to the details : A New Meteor Shower in May? - NASA Science

"The shower is the May Camelopardalids, caused by dust from periodic comet 209P/LINEAR. No one has ever seen it before, but this year the Camelopardalids could put on a display that rivals the well-known Perseids of August.

"Some forecasters have predicted more than 200 meteors per hour," says Cooke.

Comet 209P/LINEAR was discovered in February 2004 by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research project, a cooperative effort of NASA, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, and the US Air Force. It is a relatively dim comet that dips inside the orbit of Earth once every five years as it loops around the sun. " - quote from the NASA paper.


Hope it stops raining though!

Olly and the Team
 

Bob K

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That is the problem ... "stop raining". I am hoping for a good night to enjoy it from my ark.

Bob K
 

Olly

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Yes its early in the Morning - here is an update

"This weekend, Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR. If forecasters are correct, the encounter could produce an outburst of bright meteors numbering more than 200 per hour. The shower's radiant is in the constellation Camelopardalis, the Giraffe, not far from the North Star. Peak rates are expected on Saturday, May 24th, between the hours of 0600 UT and 0800 UT (2 a.m. and 4 a.m. EDT). The timing and location of the radiant favors observers in North America."

Quote from : SpaceWeather.com -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids

Enjoy the show and Bob - the weather is improving too!

Olly and the Team