NASA calls for ‘active’ meteor shower early Saturday

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Scientists say there is a possibility the Earth could get sandblasted with up to 200 meteors per hour early Saturday when the planet makes its first-ever passage through space debris left behind by Comet 209P/LINEAR.

Comet 209P/LINEAR was discovered in 2004 and passes by the sun every five years, according to NASA. Ironically, the Earth won’t be passing through space dust left over from Comet 209P/LINEAR’s pass-by that occurred earlier this month. Instead, the Earth will be passing through space debris left over from the 1800s by Comet 209P/LINEAR.

South Jersey residents will face partly cloudy conditions during the peak hours of 2-4 a.m. Saturday, when NASA expects predict the most activity.

Because this is the first time the Earth will pass through Comet 209P/LINEAR’s dust, scientists aren’t too sure exactly what type of meteor shower we will get. However, most scientists feel it will be worth getting up in the late-night hours to take a glimpse.

Some scientists have said we could get “sandblasted with meteors” at rates of up to 200 meteors per hour. Other scientists aren’t too sure and will wait to see.

More information on this new May Camelopardalids meteor shower can be found here.

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