New Meteor Shower from Comet Could Dazzle Stargazers Next Week
A new meteor shower spawned by a comet is due to light up the sky next week, with some forecasters predicting up to 200 “shooting stars” per hour — a potentially spectacular opening act for the meteor display. If it performs as expected, the never-before-seen Camelopardalid meteor shower is due to peak overnight on May 23 and 24 as the Earth passes through a debris stream left by the Comet 2009/LINEAR nearly 200 years ago. The new meteor display could rival the brilliance of the annual Perseid meteor shower that graces the night sky each August. The prospect of a brand-new meteor shower has scientists understandably excited. “There could be a new meteor shower, and I want to see it with my own eyes,”  said NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, head of the Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., in a statement. More