New Meteor Shower Expected To Light Up The Sky Overnight
PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – There’s a new meteor shower in town and it might even turn into a full-fledged storm.
Early Saturday, the planet will pass by debris from Comet 209P/Linear. The dusty debris is what creates the meteor shower. Scientists believe the shower could produce three, four or more – possibly a few hundred more – shooting stars per minute.
Check out Dennis Bowman’s forecast:
North American sky-gazers will have the best views. NASA says the best time for East Coast viewers to watch is between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
KDKA Meteorologist Dennis Bowman says Pittsburgh sky-watchers should be able to see the meteor shower, although the view won’t be perfect. Tonight might see some partly-cloudy skies.
If you don’t want to go outside to watch though, you can also check out a live stream of the meteor shower at Slooh.com.
Comet 209P/Linear was discovered in 2004. It will be about 7.6 million miles from Earth on Saturday. Next Tuesday, the comet will pass within 5 million miles.
The shower’s name is a mouthful: Camelopardalids. It’s named after the giraffe constellation.
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