Saturday, May 17, 2014

New Meteor Shower Possibly a Meteor Storm

Say folks, there is a great possibility for a major meteor shower or even a meteor storm the early morning of May 24, 2014. Protections are from 100-400 meteors per hour, with the possibility of over 1000 meteors per hour, which would make it a storm.

This meteor shower which is being called May Camelopardalis is from debris from the comet 209P/LINEAR, which was discovered in 2004. Its name comes from the constellation Camelopardalis, which is an obscure northern constellation near the north celestial pole.

Weather permitting, I will be at Allens Pond Stone Barn starting at 1 AM to photograph this event. Everyone is welcome, if you plan on attending, please send an email to me so I can plan on drinks and snacks. Bring a chair, a flashlight, headlamp preferably with a red filter, comfortable, appropriate clothing, a tripod, camera with a wide-angle lens, an intervolometer unless you have a camera with a built in one (read up in your manual on how to use the intervolometer), extra batteries, and cards for the camera. Since we are now in May, I also recommend bug spray.
Hope to see you there.

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