This weekend (May 22nd 2014) the earth will pass through the tail of Comet 209P/LINEAR which many people believe will give an excellent display of meteors on Friday night, with the peak coming between 2am and 4am. The Camelopardalis shower or “the giraffe,” will be located between Ursa Major (which includes the Big Dipper) and Cassiopeia.
This is actually the first time this shower will take place since the comet was, in astronomical terms, only discovered quite recently.
Usually when we talk about photographing meteor showers we’re talking about the Perseids in August, the Leonids in November and sometimes the Geminids in December. The new Camelopardalis is a bit of an unknown quantity but if the sky is clear then there’s always a great opportunity for some interesting photos.