Meteor shower to be visible from East Tennessee

Meteor shower to be visible from East Tennessee

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By KEN WEATHERS
6 Storm Team Meteorologist

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - If you want to see a “potentially amazing” meteor shower, Friday could be your night say NASA scientists. The Camelopardalids Meteor Showers will be at peak overnight tonight into early Saturday morning and it will be visible for us across East Tennessee, as long as the clouds thin out. 

This is the first time that Earth has crossed the path of a recently discovered comet named Comet 209P/LINEAR. It was only discovered back in 2004, but this comet’s path has been slowly altered by Jupiter’s gravity over the last 200 years.

Now, the left over dust will cross Earth’s path with the potential to see shooting stars at the rate of nearly one per minute. The meteors will appear from the northern constellation Camelopardalis, so you will want to look to the Northern sky just below the North Star (located at the base of the Little Dipper) between the hours of 10 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday.

They will “radiate” outward in all directions from this area, so the best advice is try to get to an area to see as much of the sky as possible.

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