Comet trash is night sky treasure Friday, May 23rd May 23 2014, 0 Comments

What good fortune that the first night of a holiday weekend — Memorial Day weekend, no less — we are blessed with a new meteor shower. The nearly unpronouncable Camelopardalid meteor shower. 

Predicted but not certain, astronomers guardedly optimistic. The good news is that those of us in North America have the best chance of catching it Friday evening and early Saturday morning . We'll pass through comet debris and with luck comet trash will be turned into night sky watcher's treasure.

So get outside tonight and witness a new star gazing event. Look toward the North Star. Here's a short video from NASA.

As for me, I'll be kayaking and pausing to look up. Dark waters and waning crescent moon allow for the good contrast of a dark sky to showcase any shooting stars.

Sending blessings and love to those who are skipping on the stars this weekend.