New Meteor Shower to Kick Off The Summer Camping Season

Couple Watching For Meteor Shower

What better way to kick off the summer camping season than with an all natural light show this Memorial Day Weekend.  A new meteor shower called the Camelopardalids, may turn into a meteor storm.

This meteor shower stems from the Comet 209P/LINEAR.  Debris left behind from this comet in the 1800’s may result in the meteor shower.  Yes, I said may.  You see, astronomers aren’t sure what will happen.  It may be the best meteor shower of the year or it may be a dud.

What do we mean by best meteor shower of the year?  The experts are predicting 30 to hundreds of meteors an hour.  Now that’s what I call a light show.  If you’re camping this weekend, you already have a front row seat for the fun.  Of course, you can also do some star gazing from your backyard.  For optimal viewing, see our tips for star gazing here.

When to Watch for the Camelopardalids Meteor Shower

You may start to see meteors as early as 10:30pm late Friday night (May 23rd) but the peak time to watch is between 2-4am Eastern Daylight Time (early Saturday morning May 24th).

With the possibility of seeing hundreds of shooting stars, we will definitely be up late– watching and waiting.  If it’s a dud?  Well, we’re willing to take that chance and spend some time gazing into the night sky with our kids.

I’ll see ya by the campfire.


Will you be watching for the meteor shower?


A New Meteor Shower in May?  -NASA Science

Everything You Need to Know: Camelopardalids Could Be the Best Meteor Shower This Year- EarthSky

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  1. Annetha says:

    I am so glad you shared this with us! We saw your post just before we left for the weekend. We had incredibly high winds Friday night, which shattered a tent pole, collapsed our tent on us in the night, and ripped off our rainfly (snapping one of the tethers). Luckily for us, it was a dry night, so after gathering the rainfly and stashing it safely inside, and anchoring our tent to our vehicles, our two girls (6 and 10) squeezed into our double sleeping bag with us and we gazed up through the mesh at the stars… JUST IN TIME to see the meteor shower! It was the PERFECT camping adventure.

  2. We planned on seeing this over our Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, but unfortunately rainy and cloudy conditions meant we didn’t get to see anything!

    We still had a pleasant, if a little damp, weekend camping though which is always nice, with or without a meteor shower.

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