New 'Meteor Storm' from Comet May Light Up Night Sky This Month
Skywatchers have something exciting to look forward to this month — a possible new meteor shower that could send up to 1,000 shooting stars per hour streaking through the sky. On May 23 and May 24, Earth should plow through debris shed by Comet 209P/LINEAR, astronomers say. These extraterrestrial particles could give stargazers an incredible show as they burn up in the planet’s atmosphere — or the anticipated fireworks may fizzle out. “This potential new shower is so new that astronomers aren’t sure what to expect,” narrator Jane Houston Jones said in a skywatching video released by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on April 30. “Predictions run from less than 100 meteors per hour up to an unlikely but possible meteor storm as high as 1,000 per hour.” More