Monday, May 19, 2014

The Camelopardalis meteor shower

A meteor Shower happens when the Earth passes through debris that are left in the space by a Comet. When any Comet travels near the sun, the sun vaporizes it and many small chunks of that Comet is left, and when the Earth passes near the Comet, the parts of comet burns up in Earth’s atmosphere and radiates. A meteor shower is expected to be visible on 23/24 May. Since, it happens in the Constellation Camelopardalis, a name from Roman Myths, where the animals has characters like that of Camel and Leopard hence, Camelopardalis.  The constellation lies near the Ursa Major, on a Northern region.





The Camelopardalis shower will be debris from 09P/LINEAR a comet that orbits the sun every five years. The comet was recently discovered in 2004 by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research project, (LINEAR) a partnership between MIT Lincoln Laboratory, NASA and the U.S. Air Force. Its expected to have more than 100 showers an hour. That should be spectacular!

The comet is expected to be visible on May 23/24 mostly favored for North America, based on the time of prediction but can be visible from all over the world, nothing bad in trying! Personally the best shower I've seen was Geminids Meteor Shower 2 years back. I hope the sky will be clear for that day/night and we will see the shower from Nepal as well.




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