A brand new meteor shower is a once in a lifetime event that could bring a meteor storm, according to a May 23 Space.com report. At its peak, this never before seen meteor shower will be storming as many as 200 meteors per hour while a few astronomers believe that 1,000 "shooting stars" per hour is not impossible with this celestial event. The great news is, if you cannot watch Camelopardalid meteor shower outside due to poor viewing conditions, there is a meteor shower live stream video available.
The Memorial Day Weekend celebrations will get some help from Mother Nature with help from Comet 209P/LINEAR. This comment was only discovered in 2004, and it has the potential to create the biggest and best meteor shower of 2014. Best viewing times for the Camelopardalid meteor shower will be overnight Friday, May 23 into early Saturday, May 24. Some of the U.S. is expected to experience bad weather though, which could make viewing impossible.
The best Camelopardalids viewing time begins around 3:10 a.m. EDT. The meteors will appear to originate in the constellation Camelopardalis, the Giraffe. To view this constellation, simply look low in the horizon slightly to the left of the North Star. The "shooting stars" will appear shooting out of the north.
Another thing that makes this meteor shower so great for viewing is that the meteors will be slow moving and quite bright. The relatively big particles will hit the atmosphere going just 11 miles per hour, which is significantly slower than other annual meteor showers. They should be impossible to miss.
If you happen to live in an area with rain or cloud cover tonight, the good news is that the online community telescope Slooh will have a meteor shower live stream video available starting at 11 p.m. EDT. NASA will also have a live stream video feed of the Camelopardalid meteor shower tonight. You do not want to miss these majestic "shooting stars" tonight.