Never-Before-Seen Meteor Shower Arrives Tonight
Best viewing is 2am to 4am ET Saturday
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2014 9:25 AM CDT
Perseid meteors, upper left, streak past time-lapse-captured stars early Tuesday morning, Aug. 13, 2013 north of Cheyenne, Wyo.   (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney, File)

(Newser) – If it's clear your way late tonight and early tomorrow morning, you might just glimpse something never before seen from Earth: the Camelopardalid meteor shower. As the AP explains, the planet will tonight encounter debris from the Comet 209P/LINEAR, which was discovered just a decade ago; the dusty debris is what creates the meteor shower, named for the constellation from which it will appear to radiate (that would be Camelopardalis, the giraffe).

Scientists believe the shower could produce three, four, or more—possibly a few hundred more—shooting stars per hour, and USA Today notes it could rival August's Perseid meteor shower. The Los Angeles Times explains why it's uncertain just how spectacular it'll be: The dust Earth will orbit through was shed by 209P/LINEAR hundreds of years ago. Today, the comet isn't shedding much, and we don't know what the shedding level was centuries ago—if it was high, we'll be in for a treat. If you're in California, Virginia, Ohio, or North Carolina, you'll likely have prime viewing, but has a map of conditions across the US. The best time to tune in? Between 2am and 4am ET Saturday.

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May 24, 2014 6:27 AM CDT
i will not be watching this meteor shower. i took a shower this week. LOL but also everyone should see the 1963 movie "THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS" with Howard Keel it's a classic (these SFX guys were the grandfathers who thought up the SFX of their generation way b4 CGI)and you will see what i mean with this METEOR shower story. there ya go!!
May 23, 2014 5:27 PM CDT
Can't these bloody sky shows ever keep reasonable hours?
May 23, 2014 10:54 AM CDT
Should be interesting, If it clear out tonight, Plan on watching on the interne if it is cloudy out and to much LIGHT pollution around.