Stargazers: Stay up late to see a meteor shower

LIVE COVERAGE of Camelopardalids
NASA Live Chat and Ustream during meteor shower 
Slooh Community Observatory coverage of the meteor shower


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 11 p.m. Pacific Time Friday until nearly dawn Saturday.
 
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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