Have you heard that there is going to be a lluvia de estrellas or meteorite shower this weekend and that it is visible in Mexico? NASA has confirmed that it will be a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle as hundreds of shooting stars flash across the night sky.
This particular meteor shower has been called cameleopardalids because it seems as though the meteors are coming from the Giraffe constellation. NASA scientists say that it will compete with the Perseids shower in August in terms of intensity. They said, “We’ll have a meteor shower with chances of a storm.”. The most active period of the meteor shower is expected to occur late Friday night and the early hours of Saturday morning.
Where is camelopardalis?
The Giraffe is a small group of stars close to the Ursa Major and Ursa Minor constellations. Wherever you are, turn to the north and if you locate Polaris (the North or Pole Star) you will be able to locate the origin of this meteor shower.
Best spots to see the meteor shower in Cancún
If you are in Cancún, your best chances of seeing the meteor shower are on Punta Cancún and the north shore of Cancun Hotel Zone (on The Royal Cancun beach, for instance) where you will be able to see the sky with only the glimmer of the distant lights on Isla Mujeres to affect your view. In fact, if you’re up for an adventure why not cross to Isla Mujeres and go to Punta Norte, where there will be virtually no sources of artificial light. Also, if you want to get as far north as you possibly can, you might try Holbox.
However, wherever you are, the Camelopardalids meteor shower is a good excuse to stay up late this weekend, look up to the heavens and enjoy one of Nature’s greatest shows with your Cancún family. If you see a shooting star be sure to make a wish!