The Aurigid meteor shower may make a rare appearance and may be more visible in the morning. Yahoo! News reports on Aug. 31 that the meteor shower has only been spotted four times. Residents in North America may be able to see the meteors a fifth time.
The Aurigid meteor shower is expected to appear this evening and could continue through the early morning hours of Sept. 1. Rural areas may have a better view of the meteors because of the reduction in light pollution, but other parts of North America may still be fortunate to spot them. The American Meteor Society reveals it is possible that 14 to 20 meteors may be visible per hour at the peak of the shower.
The Aurigids will be easier to see before dawn on Sept. 1. The last time they appeared was in 2007, but the meteors are generally considered unpredictable and rare. In 2007, researchers believed the Aurigid meteor shower would not return for another 50 years, yet it is making an appearance six years later. The meteors were formed from the debris of Comet Kiess, and it is possible that observers may notice a blue-green color that appeared in the 1990s. Kiess is considered a long-period comet and only orbits the sun every 2,000 years.