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Monday, May 19, 2014

Fantastic Meteor Shower Friday Night

Especially visible from North America and possibly other Northern Hemisphere regions, the Camelopardalid Meteor Shower will produce many fantastic meteor showers on Friday night and into the early Saturday morning hours. It will also produce meteor showers throughout the Memorial Day weekend, but not as many. Some estimates predict that, especially on Friday night and Saturday morning, there may be 200 meteor showers per hour or more at some points! If you thought that this shower is named after the constellation CAMELOPARDALIS the Giraffe, you are correct! If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, look towards the north; the meteor showers will emanate from the dim constellation, which is in close proximity to the much brighter Ursa Major (Big Dipper) constellation.
Link: My Post About Camelopardalis

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— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
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