A passing comet is expected to unleash a beautiful meteor shower Friday night and Saturday morning.
Scientists predict that a majestic meteor shower will begin falling Friday night, filling the sky with shooting stars in what could be the best meteor shower of the year. The best views of Camelopardalids will likely be across the mid-latitudes of North America, but if you’re not there–or if you just don’t think you’ll make it outside or to a window–then you can watch nature’s art performance on a live stream provided by the Slooh celestial observation network in partnership with NASA starting at 11:00 P.M. ET. Astronomer Bob Berman and Slooh host Geoff Fox will offer commentary during the broadcast. Viewers can ask questions during the show via Twitter by using hashtag #slooh.
The meteor shower is actually debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR, which is making the 9th closest comet fly by ever observed on Friday night. The comet won’t be bright enough to see with the naked eye, but you can watch that via another livestream from a powerful telescope on the Canary Islands supported online by Slooh.
Predictions aren’t always right, but experts project that peak time to watch the meteor shower will be between 2 and 4 a.m E.T.