Brand new meteor shower making debut Saturday; clouds in Kansas City metro area may hamper viewing

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. There's a small chance the clouds over the Kansas City metro area will break on Saturday overnight into Sunday, according to meteorologist JD Rudd, but they'll likely be too thick tonight. has a good guide on how best to view the meteor shower .

For those of you unable to watch the skies, the Slooh robotic telescope service will have a live stream. You can watch that below.

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 (CA-mull-oh-PAR-duh-lids). It's named after the giraffe constellation.

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