You may want to look to the skies Friday night, as a new meteor shower could put on a never-before-seen spectacle.
RICHLAND, WA - You may want to look to the skies Friday night, as a new meteor shower could put on a never-before-seen spectacle.
The new meteor shower is caused by the Earth moving through a debris of dust trails, from a comet discovered back in 2004.
Astronomers say stargazers could see hundreds of shooting stars streaking through the sky.
"This is an exciting one because it's the first time it's ever been seen," said Dale Ingram, the education outreach coordinator for LIGO Hanford Observatory. "Earth has moved through this particular comet trail, and the predictions are that it might be a pretty good show in terms of the frequency of the meteors--how many per hour or per minute you might see them."
Ingram also believes this phenomenon will be moving a bit slower than usual, which will allow stargazers to see the meteor shower longer.
The meteor shower is expected to start around 11:00 p.m., peaking around midnight.
The LIGO Hanford Observatory is hosting a meteor shower viewing at their observatory, near Richland. The observatory will be open from 8:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. The event is free. For directions to LIGO, click here.
The Tri-City Astronomy Club will provide telescopes for the public to use.