New meteor shower could be spectacular….or not.

Astronomers are excited at the prospect of a new meteor shower occurring on May 23/24 2014. The shower, which stems from the debris of Comet 209P/Linear, has divided opinion with some astronomers predicting 1000 meteors per hour and others saying less than  100 per hour is more realistic. On the night of the 23rd May, observers should look towards Polaris and the Camelopardid constellation in order to view any meteors, although they can appear from any direction in the sky. The best way to observe is to get yourself a sun-lounger and lie back and scan the sky. You may be lucky but in any case, dress warm and be patient!



Image credit  – NASA/JPL – Caltech


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