Northern Michigan Could Have The Best Views Of A Rare Meteor Shower This Weekend

May 22, 2014

Northern Michigan could end up being one of the best spots in the U.S. to witness a dramatic and rare meteor shower this Memorial weekend. That’s if both weather and meteor predictions hold true for the early morning hours Saturday.

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Northern Michigan is expected to have clear skies for the meteor shower some are predicting will be an “event of a decade.” It could rain 200 “falling stars” an hour at its peak around 3 a.m. Saturday. But such events are also hard to predict.

If it happens, it will be remarkable, says Mary Stewart Adams of the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Emmet County.

“You don’t need to know a whole lot to see it and it’s the first time it will ever been seen,” she says of this particular meteor shower. “I think that’s really what’s driving the enthusiasm about this particular event – and the hope that something spectacular is really going to happen.”

There's a public viewing event at the Dark Sky Park Saturday. Details here.