Brand new meteor shower debut

2014-05-22 20:39
A meteor streaks across the sky against a field of stars during a meteor shower near Grazalema, Spain. (Jorge Guerrero, AFP, file)

A meteor streaks across the sky against a field of stars during a meteor shower near Grazalema, Spain. (Jorge Guerrero, AFP, file)

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Cape  Canaveral - There's a new meteor shower 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 02:00. local time until nearly dawn.

Comet 209P/Linear was discovered in 2004. It will be about 12.2 million km from Earth on Saturday. Next Tuesday, the comet will pass within 8 million km.

The shower's name is a mouthful: Camelopardalids. It's named after the giraffe constellation.

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