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Night sky spotting: Meteor shower expected

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Camelopardalids Meteor Shower, courtesy NASA Camelopardalids Meteor Shower, courtesy NASA
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Get ready for a celestial show the next few nights around Georgia. The moon will be in conjunction with Venus and there will also be a potential meteor shower.

First, this coming Friday and Saturday, the waning moon (crescent moon) will be in conjunction with the planet Venus. Basically, just before sunrise, they will be the brightest two objects in the eastern sky and will be located almost directly next to each other. Meanwhile, at sunset in the western sky, the planet Jupiter will be just above the horizon and will shine brightly too. Make sure to check them out this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

As for the upcoming meteor shower, NASA says the best viewing time will be from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Saturday. The comet 209P/LINEAR is leaving a tail of dust which we will pass through this weekend. Astronomers expect a meteor shower to occur high in the northern sky as we pass through this comet debris. This is a relatively new comet, having been discovered within the past 10 years. And, the meteor shower is also a new one on the astronomical calendar.

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