May 23 2014, 4:20am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Meteor showers from the Giraffe Constellation are expected this Friday night. North America is the venue and stargazers are lining up to do some serious viewing. The meteor showers are the remains of comets.
Whenever the planet acquires a plethora of random comets the result is that a beautiful series of colorful lights are seem illuminating the night sky.
The oncoming meteor shower is the result of 209P/LINEAR which may seem like a rather dull and boring name until you see the effects it has on the night time firmament.
"We expect these meteors to radiate from a point in Camelopardalis, also known as 'the giraffe,' a faint constellation near the North Star," according to Bill Cooke, who heads NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.
The earth will come in contact with this meteor shower between 3 AM and 4 AM EDT (0700 and 0800 GMT) on Saturday morning. The meteor shower is expected to arrive at midnight between Friday and Saturday though.
According to Space.com , "Many people get confused about astronomical events that happen after midnight, forgetting that the date changes at midnight. So this meteor shower will occur after midnight on Friday night, May 23, which is Saturday morning, May 24. So don't wait until Saturday night to look for it, or you will be 24 hours late."
If the #meteor shower happens, it’ll will occur between 10:30 pm on May 23 to 7:00 a.m. EDT w/ peak between 2-4 a.m. EDT on the May 24.— Observing Space (@ObservingSpace) May 23, 2014
While meteors often meet with the earth’s atmosphere, seldom do they reach the surface. The reason behind this is that they burn up completely before reaching land. There are chances that the meteor shower might turn into a meteor storm this weekend.
The night time sector in the sky to look for the current meteor shower is a constellation known as Camelopardalis or The Giraffe constellation.
The sector is somewhere in between the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia. It lies beneath Polaris or the Pole Star. The whole phenomenon is one of unpredictability and chance. It may not even occur so there will then be a lot of disappointment.
However, the chances of the meteor shower appearing in its full-fledged glory are there too. So stargazers and astronomers will be on the lookout for those blazing lights in the dark sky.
"New meteor showers don't come along that often. It'll be the first time in a generation that a new meteor shower will show up," according to CNN Meteorologist Sean Morris.
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