A New Giraffe Shower Could Be A Storm.

We may have a new meteor shower to enjoy.  The shower, predicted for the night of May 23-24 comes from the tail remnants of  Comet 209P/LINEAR.

Tentatively called the May Camelopardalids (it doesn’t quite roll of the tongue as easily as almost all the other meteor showers), it should be easy to find because the meteorites should be coming in from the Celestial North Pole.

The meteor shower will be best in southern Canada and the continental U.S.  The predictions are for the shower to have a sightings from 10’s per hour to hundreds per hour.  Right now it is anybodies guess.

According to predictions, a little-known comet will pass perihelion in early May of 2014 and, two weeks later, sandblast Earth with dust particles spread along its orbit.  Image by NASA / JPL / Horizons via skyandtelescope.com

The comet that left all this debris in our wake, LINEAR, is a periodic comet. It orbits the Sun about every five years.

On its current trip, it will run right in front of Earth’s orbit and, like all other meteor showers, we will pass through its leftover bits and pieces.

So the comet is the gift that keeps on giving.  You can get a nice image of a very short period comet and a spectacular (hopefully) light show.  What could be better?

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

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