Special Live Double Feature Tonight!
Comet Coverage Starts 3 PM PDT / 6 PM EDT / 22 UTC
Meteor Shower Coverage Starts at 8 PM PDT/ 11 PM EDT/ 03 UTC (5/24)
Tonight, a new meteor shower, named the Camelopardalids, will appear in the night sky with potential to become a full meteor storm as debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR passes by Earth this month. Slooh will cover this possible meteor storm and the parent comet live as it nears Earth during its orbit. Slooh will broadcast the comet event from its telescopes located off the west coast of Africa, at the Institute of Astrophyiscs of the Canary Islands, on May 23rd starting at 3 PM PDT / 6 PM EDT / 22 UTC - International Times: http://goo.gl/yde8Rq
- and then will follow up with live coverage of the new meteor shower starting at 8 PM PDT/ 11 PM EDT/ 03 UTC (5/24) - International Times: http://goo.gl/m8bJ5N
. Viewers can watch free on Slooh.com and ask questions during the comet show by using hashtag #slooh
Discovered in 2004, Comet 209P/LINEAR will be approximately 7.6 million miles (12.4 million km) or about 32 lunar distances away on the night of May 23rd. The live image stream of Comet 209P/LINEAR will be accompanied by discussions led by Slooh host Geoff Fox
, Slooh astronomer Bob Berman
with special guests from NASA, including meteor expert and senior research scientist, Dr. Peter Jenniskens
, and Asteroid Grand Challenge Program Executive, Jason Kessler
Of all places in the world, the United States and southern Canada alone will be best positioned to observe these brief and potentially spectacular fireworks. It should occur starting before 2 AM local and last almost until dawn. It's even a convenient Friday night or, rather, early Saturday morning. The moon will be a harmless crescent, so the sky won't be spoiled by bright moonlight. And of course, Slooh will be employing its special low-light, super-sensitivity equipment and other imaging techniques to bring the event to you live, in real-time.
As for direction, expect the meteors to emanate from the north, radiating from the very faint constellation of Camelopardalis the Giraffe, which will be located exactly beneath Polaris, the North Star. #meteorshower #astronomy #camelopardalids #comet_209p_linear #space #camelopardolidmeteorshower