209P/LINEAR and this weekend’s Camelopardalids
May 22, 2014 5 Comments
This Friday evening/Saturday morning meteor watchers in Canada, the United States and Latin America may be treated to a meteor outburst from a rarely seen meteor shower. There is a possibility that dust from short-period comet 209P/LINEAR will produce a nice meteor shower.
There has been plenty already written on this possible shower, so I’ll just list a few sites that you should definitely visit.
American Meteor Society – where, when and how to observe the shower
Peter Jenniskens Meteor blog – the latest on what we know about the shower and its parent comet
International Meteor Organization – up-to-date activity graphs
The parent comet, 209P/LINEAR, is making a close approach to Earth this month. In fact at a little over 0.05 AU from Earth, 209P will be making the 9th closest known approach of a comet to Earth. Unfortunately it is very low activity comet and only observers with very large backyard telescopes will be able to see it. The movie below was made by myself only a few days after the comet’s perihelion.