Outer space is putting on a fireworks show of its own this Memorial Day weekend, a show that could display up to 200 meteors per hour.
Scientists at NASA are calling this the May Camelopardalids show. It derives from Camelopardalis, a faint constellation in the northern sky. The meteor show itself is said to be due to dust ejected from a comet in the 1800s.
This is the first show of its kind and could potentially be compared to the Perseids meteor shower, which is seen in August. However, there is serious bust potential when it comes to this meteor shower "forecast." Since this show is the first of its kind, it is extremely difficult to tell just how eventful this one will be.
Astronomer Jason Dorfman of the Bays Mountain Parks and Planetarium has some helpful advice for the early Saturday morning stargazers. "You don't need binoculars or a telescope. They're actually best viewed with just your eyes."
"The peak or the best time to view the meteor shower is going to be between the hours of 2:30 in the morning until about 6 in the morning," he said.
Storm Track 5 meteorologists are calling for a mostly clear late Friday night and early Saturday morning, which will make for a great viewing experience of the Camelopardalids show.
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