This Saturday we are in for a new show! The Camelopardalid Meteor, discovered in 2004, passes by the sun once every 5 years. On the night of May 23rd and early morning hours of May 24th scientists predict upwards of 200 meteors per hour raining down on us as we pass through it's dust tail.
In 2012, Jeremie Vaubaillon of The Institut de Mecanique Celeste et de Calcul des Ephemerides in France told space.com:
The more recent, less optimistic calculations come from Quanzhi Ye and Paul A. Wiegert, both at University of Western Ontario. Their work was published online in November 2013. In a report on their work at skyandtelescope.com, John Bochanski wrote that Ye and Wiegert’s work suggests a rate of 200 meteors per hour under ideal conditions. Bochanski wrote:
Though there is some debate in the scientific world as to how accurate this Meteor Storm prediction is. This is the very first time we will be seeing the show, so no one can guess just how spectacular it will be. The only way to know is to watch.
Peak viewing hours in New England will be from 2-4 am Saturday May 24th, weather permitting. The good news is, if bad weather is a problem or you'd rather stay indoors NASA will be live streaming the entire event! Check out NASA's chat and live stream here, or watch it below!
Find more events going on inside May's Edition of South Shore and Cape Cod Metaphysics.