Spectacular Meteor STORM Could Produce 1000 Shooting Stars Per Hour!

This is going to be one amazing celestial event that we probably won’t see again You definitely don’t want to miss this event. Here’s what’s happening:

  • An amazing new meteor shower like we have never seen is set to happen later on this month
  • This will take place the nights of 23 and 24 May in the United States, and Canada
  • The birth of the shower is courtesy of Comet 209P/LINEAR, initally discovered in 2004
  • However this will be the first time Earth has gone through its ‘tail’ of debris
  • Astronomers forecast you may be able to view up to 1,000 meteors an hour
Article Source: Daily Mail.co.uk

Last night skywatchers were treated to the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower.

But later this month we might be in store for a meteor storm that has never been seen before as Earth passes through the tail of a comet.

As our planet passes through debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR, astronomers say we could see as many as 1,000 shooting stars per hour.

On the nights of 23 and 24 May sky watchers could be in for a treat as Earth passes through the debris left by Comet 209P/LINEAR. This could provide observers in the US and Canada with up to 1,000 meteors an hour in what has been described as a ‘meteor storm’


The event will occur on the nights of 23 and 24 May, when Earth’s path crosses that of the comet, and will first be most visible from the northern US and southern Canada as well as parts of Europe.

From the UK the event is not expected to be visible, although on before dawn on 24 May some meteors may still be visible.

As our planet moves into the ‘blizzard’ of of ice and rock chunks, they will burn up in the atmosphere, providing observers below with slow moving but bright meteors.

The reason we could see so many meteors is because all of the debris it has ejected between 1803 and 1924 will be in Earth’s path.

‘This potential new shower is so new that astronomers aren’t sure what to expect,’ said Jane Houston of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

‘Predictions run from less than 100 meteors per hour up to an unlikely but possible meteor storm as high as 1,000 per hour.’ Read More


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