New Meteor Shower this Weekend Potentially Dazzling or Dud

Published 05/21 2014 12:09PM

Updated 05/21 2014 03:05PM

Image credit: NASA/JPL
North America may be treated to a dazzling display of meteors streaking across the early
morning sky this Saturday. Or, potentially nothing at all.

According to NASA, the May Camelopardalids, is a never before seen meteor shower caused
by dust from Comet 209P/LINEAR.

Meteor showers are caused when Earth passes through a comet debris stream of tiny dust
and rocks called meteoroids. When these meteoroids fall through earth's atmosphere, they
are called meteors. Most meteors burn up before hitting the ground, but if they survive the
intense heat and hit the ground, it is called a meteorite.

On May 24th, earth will pass through a debris stream left behind in the 1800s by Comet

However, NASA experts are not sure how much debris will be available, creating uncertainty
on whether or not this new meteor shower will deliver.

Some forecasts predict more than 200 meteors per hour, according the head of NASA's Meteoroid
Environment Office, Dr. Bill Cooke.

Here in Texoma, the peak is expected to be between 1:00-3:00 am Saturday, May 24, 2014.

With clouds and much needed showers in the forecast, however, viewing the meteor shower
may be difficult.  

VIDEO: NASA On the Lookout for a New Meteor Shower

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