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Brand New Meteor Shower Making Debut Saturday

Updated: 05/22/2014 12:26 PM
Created: 05/22/2014 12:16 PM KSTP.com

There's a new meteor shower in town and it might even turn into a full-fledged storm.
    
Early Saturday, the planet will pass by debris from Comet 209P/Linear. The dusty debris is what creates the meteor shower. Scientists believe the shower could produce three, four or more - possibly a few hundred more - shooting stars per minute.
    
North American sky-gazers will have the best views. The shower should peak from around 2 a.m. local time until nearly dawn.
    
Comet 209P/Linear was discovered in 2004. It will be about 7.6 million miles from Earth on Saturday. Next Tuesday, the comet will pass within 5 million miles.
    
The shower's name is a mouthful: Camelopardalids. It's named after the giraffe constellation.

NASA: http://tinyurl.com/q2kdqud
    
Slooh observatories: https://www.slooh.com/

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Photo: NASA

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