Meteor storm lit up Tri-State skies Friday night into Saturday morning


CINCINNATI -- Tri-Staters who looked to the stars Friday saw an incredible light show.

Astronomers said there was a very good chance most of North America would see a brand new meteor shower called the Camelopardalids late Friday night into Saturday morning – and that shower could burst into a stunning meteor storm.

On rare occasions, our planet passes through a particularly thick clump within a meteor stream, and a meteor outburst will occur -- a time when even more meteors than usual can be seen.

And if these outbursts are very heavy, they become meteor storms: a rare period where a show of "falling stars" can be seen, NASA astronomers say.

“The general consensus is that this week’s Camelopardalids will be comparable to a very good Perseid meteor shower with an added possibility of a storm,” U.S. Naval Observatory astronomer Geoff Chester told The Washington Post. “I’m planning to be out watching.”

NASA says these new meteors are remnants of Comet209P/LINEAR, discovered in 2004.

According to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, clear skies will allow gazers to spot meteor activity beginning at about 10:30 p.m. Friday. This show will peak from 2 to 4 a.m. Saturday and go all the way through dawn until the sunrise washes them out.

Bill Cooke, of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, said astronomers predict 30 to perhaps hundreds of meteors an hour at peak, according to The Washington Post.

The best way to spot them: Just look up.

Chester says it’s that simple, because these meteors will be seen in all parts of the sky.

Forecast models show Friday and Saturday in the Tri-State was clear and perfect for stargazing.

NASA did stream the shower here and here .

For more information on the meteor storm, click here .

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