Early morning Sat., May 24, Earth is expected to come into contact with multiple streams of debris ejected from the faint comet 209P/LINEAR, which crosses into Earth’s orbit around the sun approximately once every five years.
NASA is saying that the US will be a great spot to watch the cosmic shower, granted there are clear skies. North Americans are favored because their peak occurs during nighttime hours while the radiant is high in the sky. Friday’s weather for Logan Co. is partly cloudy, but Saturday’s is sunny, so the chance to see the meteors is looking pretty good.
According to NASA, the dust that is expected to splash across the sky dates back as far as the 18th century.
“Some forecasters have predicted a meteor storm of more than 200 meteors per hour,” said Bill Cooke, lead for NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.
NASA is predicting the shower peak between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Saturday.
For best viewing, it is recommended to find a safe, dark location to lay beneath the stars.
“We expect these meteors to radiate from a point in Camelopardalis, also known as ‘the giraffe,’ a faint constellation near the North Star,” Cooke said. “It’s a great opportunity to see a new meteor shower — an opportunity I want to see with my own eyes.”
If bad weather is a problem or you’d rather stay indoors, check out NASA’s chat and live stream at nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/watchtheskies.