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All-New Meteor Shower – Camelopardalid – Will Be Visible Friday Night & Saturday Morning

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An all-new meteor shower is expected to happen Friday night and into early Saturday morning. Here is what you need to know about the Camelopardalid meteor shower: 

The Camelopardalid meteor shower is the result of dust from a periodic comet called the 209/LINEAR. The Earth has never run into the debris from this comet before.

Unlike other meteor showers expected to be visible this time of year, the Camelopardalid is unique because its debris is strongly influenced by Jupiter’s gravity. No one has ever seen it before, but the this meteor shower could rival the Perseid meteor shower that occurs in August.

If you want to view it,  we here in North America will get the best look, and peak activity time will be from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. ET on Saturday.

One of the coolest things about this meteor shower is that it’s unclear what the shower will actually look like. Experts are saying that it could range from practically nothing to a couple hundred meteors per hour.

While Camelopardalid seems like a long, complicated, and kind of strange name, there’s a reason behind the name. Meteor showers’ names are for the constellation from which the meteors seem to radiate. That point for Camelopardalid will be the constellation Camelopardalis (the giraffe).

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