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.

Space.com 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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