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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Spectacular meteor shower in Minnesota sky

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Now that it is starting to feel more like spring, we are all looking for a reason to get outside. This Friday night will offer a mostly clear sky and some mild temps, perfect for stargazing. If it all comes together just right, then this Friday night will offer one of the best celestial shows in years. 



The earth will pass through a trail of debris from a comet, comet 209P/LINEAR to be exact. Its actually quite rare for this and depending on the amount of debris the Earth passes through, the meteor shower can be quite the show. Its possible to see up to 200 meteors and hour. Below you can see the heart of the debris field in orange and red. Now, lets just get the Earth to pass through that and we will have a meteor storm.



Now we have two obstacles to overcome for perfect viewing of the meteor shower. First we will need clear skies, which we will have, especially in Eastern Minnesota into Wisconsin. However, clouds will thicken the farther West you go as our Memorial Day weather system enters our neck of the woods.



Second, the moonlight needs to be snuffed out. On the night of May 23, however, the moon is not present, and it doesn't rise until 2:41 a.m. May 24. When it does rise, it will be a waning crescent, so it won't affect the meteor shower.



To find the location, look for the Big Dipper and Little Dipper, there meteor shower origin will be centered just below the two famous constellations. Look at this map below.



The best time to view this spectacle is from 1:00 AM to 4:00 AM. However, knowing when the earth will pass through a mass of debris, resulting in a burst of activity, is harder to pin down than a greased pig at a sausage factory. So go out and look around anytime Friday night. Below is a great video explaining this rare upcoming meteor shower.

VIDEO EXPLAINER OF CAMLOPARDALID METEOR SHOWER THIS FRIDAY

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