Oklahoma Likely To Miss Out On New Meteor Shower

Friday, May 23rd 2014, 6:02 pm
By: Richard Clark

Excitement is building around the world for a brand new meteor shower Friday night and Saturday morning, but most Oklahomans will probably miss it because of clouds.

This weekend the Earth will pass through debris left by Comet 209P/LINEAR. The Earth has never passed through this trail of debris before, so astronomers aren't sure just how active the meteor shower will be.

They say the Camelopardalid meteor shower could lead to more than 200 bright meteors per hour. Because of the timing of the expected peak, 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. Central Time, it will favor observers in North America. Unless, of course, their view is blocked by clouds.

Watch a NASA video about the meteor shower.

News On 6 meteorologist Dick Faurot says the chances of Oklahomans getting a glimpse of any meteors Friday night and Saturday morning is "slim to none."

"Real luck if you saw anything," he said. "It's not zero but it's pretty close."

Faurot says there may be brief breaks in the clouds overnight, but strongly urges meteor shower fans not to get their hopes up.