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Brand new meteor shower making debut Friday

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 05:40 p.m. HST, May 23, 2014


There's a new meteor shower in town and it might even turn into a full-fledged storm.

Friday evening, the Earth 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 between 8 - 9 p.m. Hawaii time.

Comet 209P/Linear was discovered in 2004. It will be about 7.6 million miles from Earth on Friday. 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.

Online:

NASA: http://tinyurl.com/q2kdqud

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






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