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Comet 209P/LINEAR plus Camelopardalids Meteor showers…
For a Live NASA Chat on May 23-24, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/1m3Wrn7

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CometISON-Nov14-animationSky-watchers all across North America are in for a treat beginning on May 23 around 10:30 p.m. EDT and continuing into the morning of May 24 — a new meteor shower — scientists aren’t sure yet how many “shooting stars” people may see — but the May Camelopardalids meteor shower may be dazzling with about a one-per-minute rate. The peak of the shower will be between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. EDT May 24th. Meteors will be coming out of the north but will be visible all across the night skies. The central focal point would be from Camelopardalis — the giraffe — a faint constellation near the North Star.

At the same time, debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR will stream across Earth’s orbit on May 24, 2014.

NOTE: these are two events on the same date — the May Camelopardalids meteor shower and the Comet 209P dust trail debris.

There are two more major meteor showers coming up. Look for the Perseids on August 12-13 and the Geminids on December 13-14. There are also several smaller showers throughout the year.

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