New meteor shower making Saturday debut

This Oct. 31, 1998 photo illustration provided by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory/ Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy/National Science, shows the Comet Giacobini-Zinner, a fairly frequent visitor to the inner solar system, was captured by the Kitt Peak 0.9-meter telescope in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/National Optical Astronomy Observatory/ Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy/National Science)
This Oct. 31, 1998 photo illustration provided by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory/ Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy/National Science, shows the Comet Giacobini-Zinner, a fairly frequent visitor to the inner solar system, was captured by the Kitt Peak 0.9-meter telescope in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/National Optical Astronomy Observatory/ Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy/National Science)

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. It’s named after the giraffe constellation.

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Online:

NASA: http://tinyurl.com/q2kdqud

Slooh observatories: https://www.slooh.com/

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