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2014 May Camelopardalids Meteor Shower

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The May Camelopardalids meteor shower associated with Comet 209P/LINEAR peaked in 2014.

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May Camelopardalids was in 2014.

Camelopardalis is a lesser known northern constellation.

The meteor shower came from a periodic comet called Comet 209P/Linear and peaked on the night of May 23-24, 2014.

Comet 209P/LINEAR

Comet 209P/LINEAR was discovered in 2004 by the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR), an automated detection system. The comet is a short-period comet in that it takes approximately 5 years to make one orbit around the Sun. In 2014, the comet reached its perihelion, the point closest to the Sun, on May 6, 2014. 5 years later, the comet’s perihelion will fall on May 21, 2019.

The debris left from the tail of Comet 209P/LINEAR created a meteor shower.

May Camelopardalids 2014

Astronomers predicted that on May 24, 2014, the Earth would pass through the comet’s dust trail. Some of the debris created by the tail entered the Earth’s atmosphere and burned up, creating a meteor shower.

The meteor shower associated with Comet 209P/LINEAR peaked on the night between May 23–24 between 6:00 and 8:00 UTC.

The radiant of the shower – the point in the sky where meteors seem to come from – was be the constellation Camelopardis, a northern constellation. Northern Hemisphere viewers were, therefore, the best situated to view the shower.

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