Keep watching the skies: Tips for meteor show

Published: May. 24, 2014 at 2:58 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2014 at 2:59 AM EDT
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Drew Foster
Drew Foster

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The cosmos have aligned for families, space geeks and insomniacs alike, as the Earth is set to intercept a new meteor shower Friday night.

Scientists predict that it will be a majestic event - filling the sky with shooting stars in what could be the best meteor shower of the year.

Conditions are perfect for it too because clouds won't obscure the sky and the moon isn't out.

Stargazers had their sights set before sunset at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park.

"Hopefully we'll see some action," Dave Moberly said. He and more than a two dozen enthusiasts met up with Louisville Astronomical Society members to enjoy the meteor shower.

"Just look straight up. That's it. You'll probably see the most as they pass by the Earth reacting with the friction of the atmosphere," Drew Foster said,  technical coordinator at University of Louisville's Rauch Planetarium.

The name of the shower, Camelopardalids, refers to the constellation and the angle in our sky from where the meteors will appear. The scientists who discovered the cosmic debris say the Camelopardalid shower could be "significant."

Every streak, or shooting star, is a meteor about the size of a pea or golf ball.

"That's when they'll start leaving streaks through the sky. And they can be yellows or green – really vary in color, " Foster said.

The expectations generated enough buzz to draw families out to the Louisville Astronomical Society's observation location.

"I brought my son because he just finished an astronomy lesson and is fascinated by meteors.  So we're very excited to see this tonight," Matt Monteiro said.

Some forecasts show 200 to 1,000 meteors an hour between 2 and 4 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday.

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