Possible huge new meteor storm Saturday morn 2AM-4AM ET

NASA is reporting a huge new meteor storm named “the May camelopardalids” may be visible this Saturday between 2am and 4am Eastern time US.

Some say there may be as many as 200 meteors per hour, or even as many as 1,000 if there’s an exceptionally good burst.

The meteors should emanate from a faint cluster of stars near the North Star, called the camelopardalids. You should be able to see that cluster due north of you, up in the sky. Here’s a nice sky chart, courtesy of Sky and Telescope:

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The meteor storm could start early or go late.

And here, courtesy of a NASA video I share below, you can see what that portion of the sky will look like at 1am and 2am ET Saturday morning:

camelopardalids-1am

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NASA has a video about the meteor shower here:


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    If I be awake tonight and it be clear, I would enjoy seeing this shower.

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    I think the blood moon was supposed to be a less regular occurrence. IIRC, the next one will be in Oct.

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    There are usually one or two lunar eclipses per year. They’re really not especially rare or special (in the way the Jesus crowd keeps bleating about). You’ll have plenty more opportunities to see one.

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  • Indigo

    That sounds wonderful. I’m more of a morning person than a night owl but that sounds like something I can make myself get up in the middle of the night to watch.

  • LanceThruster

    Way cool. I missed the recent blood moon because I was exhausted but I will make a point to get a front row seat for this. I live in the high desert and our sky conditions are most always perfect.

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