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Camelopardalid Meteor Shower

Milky Way and Shooting Star Above Mexican Horizon
Milky Way and Shooting Star Above Mexican Horizon Costa1973

On the night of May 23 and early morning of the 24th, a never before seen meteor shower will occur. The Camelopardalid Meteor Shower is made up of debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR. It crosses the Earth's orbit once every five years as it circles the sun. According to, some forecasters are predicting up to 200 "shooting stars" per hour. Peak activity will be between 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. ET on Saturday.

Here's some tips to enhance your viewing of the meteor shower:

  • Get away from the city lights. The darker it is, the better. Once you find your spot, give your eyes about 15 minutes to adapt to the dark.
  • Bring a blanket and lay flat on your back.
  • Try to view during the peak hours. For the Camelopardalid Meteor Shower, that will be 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. ET on May 24.

All of North America will be able to see the meteor shower, as long as the skies are clear in your area. If not, NASA will be offering a live sky view on their Ustream channel starting around 9:30 p.m. ET.

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