Thursday, May 22, 2014

A unique family nature produced event: Meteor shower to light up Memorial Day weekend - Miami-Dade -

Meteor shower to light up Memorial Day weekend - Miami-Dade -
There is no admission fee.  Mother nature is putting on a free family time for you night owls (or very early risers).  As reported in the Miami Herald: there will be a never-before-seen meteor shower will light up the night Friday night/Saturday morning.

Between 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. is the best time to witness the May Camelopardalids meteor shower, according to NASA.

The comet dust shower could outshine the Perseid meteor showers, which peak in August.

More than 200 meteors per hour are expected to shoot from the comet this weekend. But the shower storm could be unpredictable since it will occur for the first time, said Dr. Lester Shalloway, president of the Southern Cross Astronomical Society.

Reports are that we can expect clear nighttime skies.  There is only a 15 percent chance of clouds that night, this according to the National Weather Service.

To get a full view of the shower, Shalloway recommends, getting out of the city.
“You don't need any equipment,” Shalloway said. “Just lie there and look up.”

The Southern Cross Astronomical Society will open its site at 23325 SW 217th Ave. in Homestead to the public Friday night for the shower. 

for additional information, please review the information on the official Southern Cross Astronomical Society website which notes: Possible Meteor Shower, Saturday, May 24, 2014:
Description In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 24, the Earth will pass through the debris field left behind by a small comet known as P/209 LINEAR. Astronomers are predicting that this interaction may result in a brief but intense burst of meteor activity that could range from dozens to hundreds of meteors per hour. Nothing is certain, but many mathematical models are predicting that this could be the most intense meteor shower in more than a decade.

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