2014 Meteor Shower: Where to Best View Camelopardalids Meteor Shower Peak on May 23 and 24
By Jenalyn Villamarin | May 20, 2014 3:29 PM EST
The 2014 Camelopardalids meteor shower is set to offer viewers with a bright sky display when it peaks on May 23 and 24 as planet Earth moves through the Comet 209P/Linear debris. Residents of the United Arab Emirates are assured to witness the initial meteor shower display that can reach up to 1,000 meteors per hour.
"This potential new shower is so new that astronomers aren't sure what to expect. Predictions run from less than 100 meteors per hour up to an unlikely but possible meteor storm as high as 1,000 per hour," narrator Jane Houston Jones stated in the skywatching video that NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California released.
The Dubai Astronomy Group (DAG) will host a public event for the 2014 Camelopardalids meteor shower on the Friday evening, May 23. "Based on professional forecasts, this meteor shower could turn out to be a unique meteor storm. A meteor storm could see dense outbursts of bright multiple meteors and provide in excess of 1,000 shooting stars an hour during its peak. Lowest expectation would be 60-100 meteors an hour. You won't want to miss this," the Dubai Astronomy Group stated in the Emirates 24/7 report.
The upcoming DAG event location will be at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa in Dubai. The event will start on Friday, May 23, at 9 pm and it will end on the crack of dawn of Saturday, May 24.
The event will be providing visitors the chance to view the sky display with the club telescopes, live presentations, videos about the night sky, online broadcasts to the wider international astronomy community and the collaboration with the Astronomers without Borders featuring live links between Dubai and California.
Additionally, the DAG event will be supporting the Slooh Telescopes global broadcast and include the periodic "Live Google+ Hangouts On Air" for those who are unable to be a part of the experience. According to the Khaleej Times report, the sky watchers who did not make it to the event can still observe the 2014 Camelopardalids meteor shower peak provided that they find a spot away from the bright city lights.
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