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Brand new meteor shower making debut early Saturday, may wow sky-gazers in US and Canada

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - There's a new meteor shower 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 (12.2 million kilometres) from Earth on Saturday. Next Tuesday, the comet will pass within 5 million miles (8 million kilometres).

The shower's name is a mouthful: Camelopardalids. It's named after the giraffe constellation.

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