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Brand new meteor shower making debut tonight

Associated Press

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — There’s a new meteor shower in town and it might even turn into a full-fledged storm.

Early today, 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 today. On 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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Kind of late?

So the mereor shower is to be AM hours on Saturday but the paper doesn't post it online until Saturday. Kind of late to be getting out the news, wouldn't you say?

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