The Camelopardalid meteor shower, a first-of-its-kind, occured late Friday night into early Saturday morning this past weekend. The shower, dust from a periodic comet called 209P/Linear, has never run past the Earth before.
Experts thought the May shower of Camelopardalid could rival our favorite meteor shower, the Perseids in August, due to the fact that its debris is strongly influenced by Jupiter's gravity. Due to this Jupiter influence however, it will most likely never pass through Earth's orbit again.
The shower had the potential to truly dazzle with a forecast of 200 meteors per hour. However, this forecast was stressed as only a potential as the meteor shower has a very unknown nature. On Saturday the shower peaked at between 5-10 meteors per hour. During it's peak, the Perseid shower reaches 60 meteors per hour.
Keep an eye out this coming Saturday as the comet 209P/Linear the Camelopardalid meteor shower derived from will be passing by Earth at a distance of 5 million miles.
Meteor Shower's are named for the constellation from which they seem to radiate. The radiant point for Camelopardalid is the constellation Camelopardalis (the giraffe). Only thing I know is we won't be naming our next wine Camelopardalid, what a mouth full!
We are still always looking forward to our Cabernet Sauvignon namesake showers, Perseid, in August.