New Meteor Shower for Friday Night

A new meteor shower has been discovered, so will it sizzle with hundreds of meteors?

Meteor showers are actually pretty regular events throughout the year, but finding a new meteor shower- is rare.

Shanil Virani with the JMU Planetarium says that the US Air Force is constantly looking for comets that could be on a collision course with earth, the kind that took out the dinosaurs.
During their routine search, this new comet debris field was discovered.

Now the earth is getting ready to pass through that stream of comet debris it has never gone through before, that debris is from comet linear.

That debris and the interaction with our atmosphere is what causes meteors.

Virani says, "It's the debris from a passage in the 1800's so nearly 200 years ago, is going to cross with the earth's orbit on the early morning of May 24th.

Scientists don't know how active this comet was, so the intensity of meteors, won't be known until the meteor shower happens.

Virani says, "All we know is that based on the comet, the debris stream from the comet is going to intersect the earth's orbit. It could be a dud, it could be brilliant."

For best viewing, late tonight, find the big dipper, from there you can find the north star. If you look anywhere in that direction, you will have no problem seeing those shooting stars.

Right now predictions are anywhere from 100-400 meteors per hour. The weather tonght looks perfect, clear skies.

If you see them or happen to catch a picture. Don't forget to post it. You can post them on facebook or tweet reports to me @whsvaubs.

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