Camelopardalids meteor shower a bust, but not a surprise

May 25, 2014 8:12 AM

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That’s not a meteor, it’s a jet. That was all Capital Weather Gang photographer Kevin Ambrose was able to photograph last night. He didn’t see one meteor despite “spectacular” viewing conditions in northern Virginia. (Kevin Ambrose)

The highly anticipated Camelopardalids meteor shower – which some predicted could unleash hundreds of meteors per hour – instead produced a lowly 5 to 10. This result surely disappointed skywatchers, but astronomers knew the bust potential was real.

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