Brand new meteor shower making debut Saturday

A meteor streaks across the sky at the Cape Enrage lighthouse, 60 miles south of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada early Tuesday morning Nov. 17, 1998. (AP file photo) Show caption
A meteor streaks across the sky at the Cape Enrage lighthouse, 60 miles south of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada early Tuesday morning Nov. 17, 1998. (AP file photo)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — 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 (CA-mull-oh-PAR-duh-lids). It’s named after the giraffe constellation.

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