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Look to the Skies for a Shooting Star Show Tonight

Look to the Skies for a Shooting Star Show Tonight
Posted May 23rd, 2014 @ 9:30am by KFBK News

If you like to watch shooting stars then you may want to stay up late tonight.

And that's because we are going to see the May Camelopardalid hit our skies tonight.

Sac State Astronomy Professor Chris Taylor says the peak will be around midnight, and most of the shooting stars are expected to come from the constellation Camelopardis -- not one that you usually look for.

"But it's pretty to easy to find because it's right between the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper in the sky," he said. 

Taylor says meteor showers usually happen when the earth passes through a debris field from a comet.

"The hope is that there's lots of little dust particles left behind by the comet, and when the dust particles hit the earth's atmosphere, they burn up and give you a flash of light that we see as a shooting star," Taylor said. 

And he says this debris field is recent which should lead to a good show.

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