A new meteor storm for 2014?



On May 24, 2014 we might be sandblasted with debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR, resulting in a fine new meteor shower!

The list of major meteor showers doesn’t change much. Meteor showers are the result of earth moving through the left over remnants if a comet, so we know when they will occur each year. However one shower or another does become more or less exciting as the years pass. This year, though, an exciting new meteor shower might come on the scene. This possible shower stems from a comet – Comet 209P/LINEAR – discovered in 2004. Comet 209P/LINEAR passed near the sun in 2009 and will pass near it again in early May, 2014. On the night of May 24, 2014 – if the predictions hold true – Earth might be sandblasted with debris from this comet, resulting in a fine display of meteors, or shooting stars.

By https://www.facebook.com/profjames.mcateer Posted in Astrophysics