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Meteor shower may be visible in Southern Oregon

 Posted: 11:00 AM May 23, 2014

Depending on the weather, Southern Oregonians may have a front row seat to highly active meteor shower this evening.

The Camelopardalid meteors are fragments from Comet 209/P LINEAR, ejected from the comet during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. According to NASA's website, the Earth is set to pass through those fragments. This could mean as many as 200 meteor sightings an hour, NASA reported.

The shower will be most active from 10:30 tonight to 7 a.m. Saturday, May 24, peaking between 2 and 4 a.m. Saturday.

"The northwest is in a really good spot for it," said Dave Bloomsness of Southern Oregon Skywatchers.

National Weather Service officials say the evening will start off cloudy, however, with some breaks just before midnight.

"More clouds than not probably, at least to start. And then it'll get better," said meteorologist Chuck Glaser.

— Ryan Pfeil


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