While that comet was discovered only in 2004, nobody has ever seen the Camelopardalids, the fireballs that should be visible as Earth passes through the trail of dust left behind by ol' 209P in the 1800s.
But not this time.
"There could be a new meteor shower, and I want to see it with my own eyes," says Cooke.
Some forecasters have predicted more than 200 meteors per hour, but the fact is that's a guess based on less data than experts would like.
"We have no idea what the comet was doing in the 1800s," says Cooke. As a result of the uncertainty, "there could be a great meteor shower—or a complete dud."Most experts say, though, that at least a decent show can be expected, with a pretty good chance that the Camelopardalids will rival what is usually the best meteor show of the year, the Perseids, which in 2014 peak Aug. 10-Aug. 13.
When to Watch: The peak night of the shower is predicted for May 23-24, 2014. Models suggest that the best viewing hours are between 2 and 4 a.m. EDT.