On the morning of May 24th we have a chance to see a Meteor shower no one else has seen before. The May Camelopardalids is the name and they come from debris ejected by periodic comet 209P/LINEAR back in the 1800's. "Cams" for short works too :o)
Sky watchers in North America could witness a new meteor shower on May 24th when, for the first time, Earth passes through a cloud of dust from periodic comet 209P/LINEAR.
The accompanying article for this video can be seen at NASA Science | Science News from May 6th 2014 titled: A New Meteor Shower in May?.
There is a great OBTW with this article too, a Plan B if you will.
In case of a dud, there is a consolation prize. On May 24th the crescent Moon and Venus are converging for a tight conjunction the next morning, May 25th. Look for them rising together just ahead of the sun in the eastern sky at dawn.
"That's a nice way to start the day," says Cooke, "meteors or not." - Source
Whose turn is it to make Popcorn?
What a difference a little Latitude makes. The first 2 charts represent the sky at 2:00am Saturday morning facing north, the direction that the Camelopardalids will appear to come from, in particular the Constellation Camelopardalis. On these charts find the North Star Polaris, the one star in the night sky that stays in the same position and all of the other stars in the Northern Hemisphere appear to rotate around it because of the Earth's rotation.
The first chart represents the latitude of 41° N, that of Cleveland, OH. The second chart represents latitude 26° N from my home here in Pompano Bch., FL. The stars shown in these charts go out to magnitude 5, so if by chance you are seeing more stars than drawn here, you are at a great dark site. All of these charts are available full size at a 1280 x 768 format by clicking on the links. There they can be saved or bookmarked.
The next 2 charts show the relative positions of the Moon and Venus to one another at sunrise on Saturday and Sunday morning. Sunday morning the Moon and Venus are said to be at conjunction to one another, their closest. Watch these bright beauties rise together before sunrise coming up from the horizon.