Possible Spectacular Camelopardalid meteor shower May 23-24

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An exciting new meteor shower – the Camelopardalids – might peak this Friday night and Saturday morning (night of May 23-24, 2014), according to clocks in North America.

And, although no one can be absolutely sure, mid-latitudes in North America are predicted to have the best view of this shower.

This possible shower stems from Comet 209P/LINEAR, discovered in 2004.

If the predictions hold true, Earth might be sandblasted with debris from this comet, resulting in a fine display of meteors, or shooting stars on the evening of May 23, and the morning of May 24.

When to watch, and who is best placed on Earth.

The peak night of the shower is predicted for May 23-24, 2014.

Models suggest that the best viewing hours are between 6 and 8 UTC on May 24. That is between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. PST.

Because of the time predicted for the meteor display, observers in southern Canada and the continental U.S. are especially well positioned to see the meteors in the early morning hours of May 24 (or late at night on May 23).

Will the predictions hold true?

They are not always 100% reliable, which is why, no matter where you are on Earth, this shower is worth a try around the night of May 23-24.

The meteors will radiate from the constellation Camelopardalis (camelopard), a very obscure northern constellation. Its name is derived from early Rome, where it was thought of as a composite creature, described as having characteristics of both a camel and a leopard.

This constellation is in the northern sky, close to the north celestial pole, making this meteor shower better for the Northern Hemisphere than the Southern Hemisphere.

An exciting new meteor shower – the Camelopardalids – might peak this Friday night and Saturday morning (night of May 23-24, 2014), according to clocks in North America.

And, although no one can be absolutely sure, mid-latitudes in North America are predicted to have the best view of this shower.

This possible shower stems from Comet 209P/LINEAR, discovered in 2004.

If the predictions hold true, Earth might be sandblasted with debris from this comet, resulting in a fine display of meteors, or shooting stars on the evening of May 23, and the morning of May 24.

When to watch, and who is best placed on Earth.

The peak night of the shower is predicted for May 23-24, 2014.

Models suggest that the best viewing hours are between 6 and 8 UTC on May 24. That is between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. PST.

Because of the time predicted for the meteor display, observers in southern Canada and the continental U.S. are especially well positioned to see the meteors in the early morning hours of May 24 (or late at night on May 23).

Will the predictions hold true?

They are not always 100% reliable, which is why, no matter where you are on Earth, this shower is worth a try around the night of May 23-24.

The meteors will radiate from the constellation Camelopardalis (camelopard), a very obscure northern constellation. Its name is derived from early Rome, where it was thought of as a composite creature, described as having characteristics of both a camel and a leopard.

This constellation is in the northern sky, close to the north celestial pole, making this meteor shower better for the Northern Hemisphere than the Southern Hemisphere.